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Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars, 1776-1945
Throughout history, battlefields have placed a soldier's instinct for self-preservation in direct opposition to the army's insistence that he do his duty and put himself in harm's way. Enduring Battle looks beyond advances in weaponry to examine changes in warfare at the very personal level. Drawing on the combat experiences of American soldiers in three widely separated w...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by University Press of Kansas
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This book is an exploration of the experience of infantry combat over time. It focuses primarily on the American Revolution, Civil War, and World War II with occasional discussions of Vietnam or the Gulf War. Hamner focused on infantry because, he says, they take on large casualties and have a degree of flexibility in decision making not always afforded to soldiers in other kinds of positions (especially women and men in large pieces of machinery like tanks, naval ships, etc). Hamner deftly sugg...more