Alexander the Great forged an empire covering most of the then known world, defeating innumerable enemies and stamping forever his military genius on the annals of history. Yet even a man of his outstanding ability could not deal with one of Mother Nature's most potent weapons - heat, and under a blistering Indian sun Alexander exhausted his men, his mission and came to the turning point of his career. Clad in heavy armour and chainmail suits, the Crusaders of the 11th and 12th centuries were hardly dressed for the burning heat of the desert sun, and sure enough many soon succumbed to the twin devils of de-hydration and disease. Thousands of men and horses were lost to relentless thirst and the effects of malaria, dysentery and sandfly fever. Hundreds of years later World War Two saw the armies of Rommel and Montgomery clash in the searing heat of North Africa. It was to be one of the most crucial theatres of war, and one of the harshest as every move was prey to the vagaries of the weather. Sandstorms rendered tanks and trucks inoperable and there was never enough water for troops to drink, let alone enough to keep red-hot machinery cool.
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