War Against Malaria

 

I discovered this wonderful post to compliment the previous information of teaching soldiers about malaria.

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During World War II the U.S Army faced difficult malaria control problems in America and in the battlefield. The malaria mosquito was more deadly than the enemy of the war. In order to prevent malaria and shorten the war, American G.I.’s had to keep fit and take Atabrine daily. The term G.I. referred to Government Issue or General Issue which involves the government drafting men in the 40’s and was widespread throughout the United States.

G.I’s had to follow steps to preventing and controlling malaria. Such as sleeping under a net, keeping it prepared, tucking it in and making sure there is no mosquito waiting for you inside the net. G.I’s also followed steps such as the G.I. bedtime story. The steps involved was keeping their shirts on and applying repellent everywhere.

GI Bedtime Story malaria

I think these propaganda posters for preventing malaria and shortening the war are really creative and effective!

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Posted on May 4, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Love this type of poster, GP. So evocative of the period, and they got the message across so well too!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Back in the early 80s, my boss was regularly laid low with recurrent bouts of malaria that he first acquired in PNG in WWII. Somehow I don’t think tucking in mosquito nets was high on the list of possibilities while they were stuck out exposed in the mud and jungle of the Kokoda Trail. And I do remember him saying quinine for treatment was in short supply. But they are certainly innovative posters.

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    • I agree. Those nets would have only been used in reserve areas I would think. I saw my own father have a relapse of it and he said not much more could have been done to prevent it.

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  4. They had so many interesting, creative (and sometimes offensive or just plain strange) propaganda posters back then. I always love looking at them. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  5. An interesting post. I wonder if the Japanese suffered as much from malaria? After all, Japan is not tropical. It is more like Switzerland in climate.

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  6. That really must have been a problem – to this day we find it difficult to avoid mosquito bites, but fortunately not malaria carriers.

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  7. Interesting and glad that you posted it, Everett.

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  8. What a collection. We did used to have a sense of humor. The posters on my son’s base are nothin’ like these.

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    • Then maybe he should become the next Bill Mauldin or Dr. Seuss? Or you could collect stories he tells you and make them into posters or cartoons?

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  9. “From down to up!” Nice post.

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  10. My father was able to avoid the war against malaria by getting posted to the Alaska Department and then stationed in the Aleutian Islands. Turns out that constant snow drives the little buggers away.

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  11. Peg’s dad had commented on the fact that when he bailed out of his plane, he had carried his small first aid kit containing Atabrine with him. During WW II, my sister got malaria while we were living in the Bay Area, which led us to move up to the foothills of the Sierra where I was raised. And, of course, it was a major issue when I served as a peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. –Curt

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  12. Really cool post GP! I love learning about this kind of thing. Thanks!!

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    • I like to branch out and remind people that war isn’t just how much ammo was spent or casualties listed or territory gained. It takes an another army to keep the front-line soldier in action. Glad you liked it.

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  13. I had to add this – thanks Wikipedia, good old Gin and Tonic..
    History
    The cocktail was introduced by Carl of the British East India Company in India. In India and other tropical regions, malaria was a persistent problem. In the 1700s it was discovered that quinine could be used to prevent and treat the disease, although the bitter taste was unpleasant. British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable. Soldiers in India were already given a gin ration, and the sweet concoction made sense. Since it is no longer used as an antimalarial, tonic water today contains much less quinine, is usually sweetened, and is consequently much less bitter.

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  14. Thank you for using this link.

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