Acts of War: The Behaviour of Men in Battle
Cassell Military, 2004 - 436 pagina's
The reality of what it is to be a soldier, by Britain's foremost military historian.
This ambitious, wide-ranging, exhaustively researched book is a compelling attempt to grasp the very nature of war. It takes us through the soldier's experience in its entirety - from the humiliation of basic training and the intense comradeship of army life, to the terror, isolation and exhaustion of battle. What does it feel like to be in the firing line? How does killing change a man? And what do the extreme conditions of war reveal about a man's basic instincts, his courage or his fear, his urge for self-preservation or self-sacrifice?
Covering several centuries of warfare, and including the personal recollections of veterans from two World Wars, from Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and the Arab-Israeli conflicts, Richard Holmes gives us a powerful picture of what motivates the soldier and enables him to maintain the struggle in conditions of extreme degradation and danger.
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - keithkv - LibraryThing
Whew! This tome was a long, boooorrring read. There were occasional interesting tidbits and noteworthy passages, but this book is more of a reference than a "sit down and read" book. Recommended only ... Volledige review lezen
Acts of war: the behavior of men in battleGebruikersrecensie - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this useful and gripping study, an English military biographer examines the forces which operate upon fighting men in and out of battle. Holmes presents numerous well-organized anecdotes that range ... Volledige review lezen