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Enduring battle : American soldiers in three wars, 1776-1945

Author: Christopher H Hamner
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©2011.
Series: Modern war studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Hamner contrasts the experience of infantry combat on the ground in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when soldiers marched shoulder-to-shoulder in linear formations, with the experiences of dispersed infantrymen of the mid-twentieth century. Earlier battlefields prized soldiers who could behave as stoic automatons; the modern dispersed battlefield required soldiers who could act autonomously. As the range  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher H Hamner
ISBN: 9780700617753 0700617752
OCLC Number: 681500342
Description: xi, 281 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The evolving character of infantry combat --
Fear in combat --
Training --
Leadership --
Weaponry --
Comradeship.
Series Title: Modern war studies.
Responsibility: Christopher H. Hamner.
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Hamner contrasts the experience of infantry combat on the ground in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when soldiers marched shoulder-to-shoulder in linear formations, with the experiences of dispersed infantrymen of the mid-twentieth century. Earlier battlefields prized soldiers who could behave as stoic automatons; the modern dispersed battlefield required soldiers who could act autonomously. As the range and power of weapons removed enemies from view, combat became increasingly depersonalized, and soldiers became more isolated from their comrades and even imagined that the enemy was targeting them personally. What's more, battles lengthened so that exchanges of fire that lasted an hour during the Revolutionary War became round-the-clock by World War II.

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"Hamner has created an American counterpart to John Keegan's The Face of Battle. An excellent and valuable addition to the growing literature on combat motivation and the experience of soldiers in Read more...

 
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