KYIV, Ukraine—Disease has affected all of America’s wars. In the
American Civil War, arguably the first war of the modern era, twice as many
soldiers died from infectious disease as from enemy action.
In the 1898 Spanish-American War, at least seven U.S. soldiers
died from disease for every one who died in combat.
In World War I, amid the slaughter of trench warfare and
introduction of airplanes and tanks in battle, deaths due to disease slightly
outpaced American combat fatalities by a ratio of 1.1-to-1.
In fact, it wasn’t until World War II that combat killed more
Americans than did infectious disease. By the time of the …read more
Source:: The Daily Signal