Originally Posted by herzog
Loopy? My post is in line with the papers I read on the subject in the '70's whilst studying military strategy. One of the WWI US generals even stated his troops brought it from Kansas in his personal analysis of his role in WWI battles (nothing to do with the flu, other than he reckoned he lost more troops from the flu than in combat - a much quoted finding by other years later). Much later research in the '90's seems to be heaping whitewash on the original findings and trying to modify history. BTW - China is the "loopy idea" as virtually nothing from there arrived in Europe until even later in the war. So I looked it up on the good old wiki(pedia, not leaks):- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu
There have been claims that the epidemic originated in the United States. Historian Alfred W. Crosby
claimed that the flu originated in Kansas
and popular author John Barry
described Haskell County, Kansas
, as the point of origin.
It has also been claimed that, by late 1917, there had already been a first wave of the epidemic in at least 14 US military camps.
That "first wave" is pretty definitive IMO... as well as being in line with what I read way back. Whether the mild form came from China to Boston (later in the same thread) and then mutated still places the actual H1N1 in the US first.
Anyway, enjoy your cuppa - whatever that is.
I also went onto the history channel to get the US view.
https://www.history.com/news/why-was...he-spanish-flu and https://www.history.com/topics/world...8-flu-pandemic are illuminating (higher US casualties - why if it didn't start there?).