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Hero or Coward : Pressures Facing the Soldier in Battle - Elmar Dinter

Hero or Coward

Pressures Facing the Soldier in Battle

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Published: 31st May 1985
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This book addresses the difficult question of why some men fight well in war and others do not. The influences on a man in battle come from within and from without. With this in mind Dinter examines military history, anecdotal evidence, the psychology and sociology that affects men and women confronted with the daily prospect of death. He draws some fascinating conclusions, involving recommendations for new methods of personnel selection and new tactics, training and military education. This book, an insight into timeless human strengths and weaknesses, is of great value to all military leaders and staff officers. However it is also of importance to all who are interested in the behaviour of small groups and individuals under extreme pressures.

Setting the scene
stress
pressures on the individual
injury and death
stamina and exhaustion
firepower
experiences of military units
experiences of commanders
summary of pressures
psychiatric casualties
summary of antidotes
effects on the commander
consequences for personnel selection, organization, equipment, training, education, leadership and tactics
future prospects
open questions
Appendices: introduction to the historical examples
the Battle for Calais
the Battle for Stalingrad
the Battle for Monte Cassino
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ISBN: 9780714632308
ISBN-10: 0714632309
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 31st May 1985
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1