This photograph, taken in 1915, shows the transportation of typhus victims, and demonstrates the impact of war on populations weakened by malnutrition and poor living conditions. Deaths from disease during war are sometimes overshadowed by deaths through combat. Nevertheless, diseases such as typhus deeply affected European societies. The influenza pandemic between 1918 and 1919 killed somewhere between 50 and 100 million people worldwide.
- Article by:
- Julie Anderson
- Race, empire and colonial troops, Life as a soldier
World War One created thousands of casualties from physical wounds, illness, and emotional trauma. Dr Julie Anderson reflects on the subsequent impact on the role of doctors and nurses, and the medical treatment, organisation and new technologies that they employed.