THE SPANISH FLU, A PANDEMIC AT THE HEART OF THE GREAT WAR
Events that shaped the countries of the Mediterranean
An episode from the series ECHOES OF HISTORY
Spring 1918 signals the start of one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the 20th century: the Spanish Flu.
Known as "the mother of all pandemics" it will infect one in three of the world's population and kill between 50 and 100 million people. This is a far greater toll than that of the First World War.
At a time when the colonial empires were at their peak, the movements of troops on the world map because of the Great War will ease the massive spread of the virus to the four corners of the planet in just a few months.