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Friday, November 18, 2011

U.S. NAVY..."SICK WITH THE FLU"


In our modern world it is almost unbelievable that an illness would almost cause the loss of a war....but in WW I do you realize that the flu was more deadly than mustard gas, bombs, or bullets....it killed millions in its march across the land.

What you see in the picture is these young Navy recruits at the Naval Training Center, San Francisco....which all found out they were not immune from the flu's lethal effect.

Yes...it was a "Pandemic".....and in 1918 -19...influenza was comparable to the "Black Plague"...it was called many things...flu, grippe, Spanish Lady, Flanders Fever, or Three-day Fever....whatever you decide to call it....it killed more than 20 million people...which was a conservative estimate...  

This article provides you with some idea how this 'Influenza Pandemic" effected the U.S. Navy fighting forces....it came close to shutting down all Naval activity...in WW I.

If you'd care to give this one a read....just click on the below title
EVERYONE SICK WITH THE FLU