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The Resource American soldiers : ground combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, Peter S. Kindsvatter ; foreword by Russell F. Weigley

American soldiers : ground combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, Peter S. Kindsvatter ; foreword by Russell F. Weigley

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American soldiers : ground combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam
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American soldiers
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ground combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam
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Peter S. Kindsvatter ; foreword by Russell F. Weigley
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eng
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  • Command Historian at the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and a retired Army lieutenant colonel, Kindsvatter offers a phenomenological history of the hearts and minds of Army ground troops. Using a comprehensive spectrum of printed and unprinted sources from the subtitle's eras, Kindsvatter argues that soldiers of those times began with unreal images of war that allowed them to memorialize conflict by fictionalizing it. But despite military training, nothing could prepare them adequately for the modern battlefield with its harsh physical environment and extreme emotional stress; the typical progression was from initial confusion through relief at surviving to a period of peak effectiveness. Comradeship was important to that process. So was belief in "America" and "America's cause"; if those constructs vanished as ideals, nothing could replace them. The excitement of battle was also engaging. Besting the enemy was a challenge, allowing pride in a job well done. American soldiers, Kindsvatter finds, were neither too frightened nor too guilt-ridden to kill. Some were reluctant; some enjoyed it; few hesitated to pull their triggers when necessary. Eventually, however, for most combat veterans some event or emotion, usually accompanied by physical exhaustion, triggered loss of confidence or nervous collapse. While improved therapeutic methods made it possible to return many breakdown cases to the line, the best treatment was preventive: relief, temporary or permanent, from combat's alien environment. Much of this book is geared toward commanders or scholars looking to understand troops, but its fascinating, unsentimental arguments about the minds of soldiers are ripe for magazine adaptation. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 31, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 13, p55)
  • While fighting under different circumstances, the typical American soldier from World War I to Vietnam experienced many of the same conditions of warfare and had similar reactions to the stresses of combat. Kindsvatter, a military historian, thoughtfully blends formal studies, veterans' memoirs, and war-inspired fiction to create a riveting documentary account of how soldiers respond as they progress from basic training to the battlefield. The author's analysis of how a small, close-knit unit could impose its own structure and norms, proving a more powerful motivator than the overarching "cause" or high-ranking officers, is especially interesting. A unique study recommended for public and academic libraries.—Elizabeth Morris, formerly with Otsego District P.L., Otsego, MI --Elizabeth Morris (Reviewed February 1, 2003) (Library Journal, vol 128, issue 2, p101)
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Kindsvatter, Peter S
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non fiction
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Modern war studies
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ground combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam
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American soldiers : ground combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, Peter S. Kindsvatter ; foreword by Russell F. Weigley
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-420) and index
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450617
Dimensions
24 cm.
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xxiii, 432 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780700612291
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(alk. paper)
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2002012957
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Label
American soldiers : ground combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, Peter S. Kindsvatter ; foreword by Russell F. Weigley
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 405-420) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
450617
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 432 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780700612291
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002012957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780700612291
  • (Sirsi) ADJ-2950
  • IG$ 2002012957

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