Title: Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services 1914 – 1918: Volume II – The Western Front
Author: Butler, A G
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: Volume 2 – 1940
Cover: Hard Cover without Dust Jacket – 1010 pages
Comments: Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services Volume 2 .
This volume takes up the narrative of events at the moment when, early in 1916, the infantry of the AIF was being transferred to the Western Front, leaving the light horse in Egypt preparing for its part in the campaigns in Sinai and Palestine. The experiences of the Australian Medical Service in the Gallipoli and Eastern theatres of war were followed through to their end in Volume I. Its activities with the infantry in the Western theatre during 1916, 1917 and 1918 are covered in the present work.
The volume is divided into three sections, of which the first and third are concerned with narrative respectively before and after the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. The second section is interposed because, from the point of view of technical history, the narrative of the medical events of the was has outrun the description of the medical machinery of the warfare. The chapters of this section contain a complete and detailed study of the fundamental duties of the Medical Service, namely, the evacuation and treatment of wounded and the prevention of disease. Special attention is devoted to the problems of “wastage” and the maintenance of a high standard of physical fitness in the AIF.
Foxing to page block and on various pages in the book. Previous owner’s name on the front end paper.