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    major UK troop staging

    The word "staging", according to dictionaries, appears to mean a standing structure used by sentinels to watch. If it were the case, it would be occupied by only a few people and played a minor role in the pandemic of 1918.

    What does "staging" mean here?


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    The major UK troop staging and hospital camp in Étaples in France has been theorized by researchers as being at the center of the Spanish flu. The research was published in 1999 by a British team, led by virologist John Oxford.[16] In late 1917, military pathologists reported the onset of a new disease with high mortality that they later recognized as the flu. The overcrowded camp and hospital was an ideal site for the spreading of a respiratory virus. The hospital treated thousands of victims of chemical attacks, and other casualties of war, and 100,000 soldiers passed through the camp every day. It also was home to a piggery, and poultry was regularly brought in for food supplies from surrounding villages. Oxford and his team postulated that a significant precursor virus, harbored in birds, mutated and then migrated to pigs kept near the front.[17][18]

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    Re: major UK troop staging

    In military usage, a staging area is a place where troops or equipment in transit are assembled or processed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staging_area
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    #3

    Re: major UK troop staging

    The "major UK troop staging and hospital camp" was a large area where soldiers were staged — housed and kept ready — and a military hospital was located.

    [Cross-posted with Piscean]
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    Re: major UK troop staging

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In military usage, a staging area is a place where troops or equipment in transit are assembled or processed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staging_area
    Could "area" in "staging area" be omitted? Without the "area", the word "staging" alone appears to be at best a tower for watching or surveillance.

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    Re: major UK troop staging

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Could "area" in "staging area" be omitted?
    No.
    Without the "area", the word "staging" alone appears to be at best a tower for watching or surveillance.
    Which is why 'area' can't be omitted there.
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    Re: major UK troop staging

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No.
    Which is why 'area' can't be omitted there.
    If so, let us take a look at the OP sentence again:

    The major UK troop staging and hospital camp in Étaples in France...

    If "area" can't be omitted, then the above must have to mean:

    The major UK troop staging camp and hospital camp in Étaples in France...

    To avoid the unnecessary repeat, the first camp is dropped. Am I right?

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    Re: major UK troop staging

    Yes.
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