By Richard A. Gabriel

Over the past 5 centuries, the improvement of recent guns and war has created a wholly new set of demanding situations for practitioners within the box of army drugs. Between Flesh and Steel strains the ancient improvement of army medication from the center a while to trendy occasions. army historian Richard A. Gabriel specializes in 3 key components: the ameliorations in war and guns whose elevated killing strength significantly replaced the clinical demanding situations that conflict surgeons confronted in facing casualties, developments in scientific strategies that elevated the effectiveness of army treatment, and adjustments that eventually led to the institution of army remedy approach nowa days. Others subject matters contain the increase of the army health professional, the discovery of anesthesia, and the emergence of such serious disciplines as army psychiatry and bacteriology. The technique is chronological—century through century and struggle by means of battle, together with Iraq and Afghanistan—and cross-cultural in that it examines advancements in all the significant armies of the West: British, French, Russian, German, and American. Between Flesh and Steel is the main finished booklet out there concerning the evolution of recent army medication.

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Involving some 70,000 troops, mostly Pasdaran, within flexible battle plans which combined classical manoeuvres with guerrilla-type tactics, the operation consisted of two consecutive attacks on the Iraqi strongholds in Khuzestan. The first, which lasted from 24 April to 12 May, succeeded in driving Iraqi forces out of the Ahvaz-Susangerd area and secured a bridgehead on the west bank of the Karun River. After two weeks of bitter fighting, and in the face of possible encirclement, Iraqi troops withdrew from the Ahvaz-Susangerd area and redeployed near Khorramshahr, anticipating an Iranian attack on that city.

As the ground war settled into immobility the focus of operations shifted back to the strategic sphere, with both states attacking civilian shipping and strategic targets, such as population centres and industrial complexes. In mid-August 1985 frustration at Iran's stubborn prosecution of the war led Iraq to play what many considered to be its trump card: between 15 August and late December, nearly 60 air raids against the main Iranian oil complex at Kharg Island were recorded. This intense campaign met with only limited success, but it seems to have worried Iran.

Gamma) 57 the cities. During the next two months over 200 surface-to-surface missiles and numerous air raids battered Iran's major population centres. The risks of this escalation for Iraq were negligible. Iran was in no position to launch a ground offensive due to the lack of volunteers for the front, nor was it capable of extending the war to Iraq's hinterland, given its glaring strategic inferiority. All Tehran could do was intensify attacks against Iraq-bound shipping; but such a move involved the risk of a direct confrontation with the United States, which Iran was .

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