It will be a war, not of fixed lines, but of swirling combat in which units will be expected to fight isolated from parent units. This concentration of sheer military power is frightening enough, but it must be remembered that modern war is a war of speed, mobility, penetration, encirclement, and envelopment. More men were lost in six hours in the first Battle of the Somme in 1916 by British forces than were lost to hostile fire in Vietnam. Larger units will be committed at once for objectives of greater scope. Moreover, the ability of today's soldier to deliver and sustain firepower has grown exponentially since 1945. In fact, a historical analysis of war reveals that men have always succumbed to the strain of battle and that armies have always suffered some form of diminished combat power because of it.
During the Vietnam War the figure was six times as many. If Gabriel is correct, conventional war between superpowers is no longer an acceptable alternative to nuclear conflict. In all its major wars the United States has lost relatively small numbers of men killed and wounded in comparison with other nations, to say nothing of being able to avoid the death and suffering of civilians and the mass destruction of property that invariably accompanies a war fought in one's own country. Once units begin to give ground, they will be pressed back against units deployed in the rear. I got lot of Out of Print and Rare books in my store and still adding lot of books.
History has never recorded so many men locked in combat in so short a time. It happened among Custer's men at the battle of the Little Big Horn. Whatever else conventional war in Central Europe would bring, it would result in the largest concentration of war machines ever committed to a single battle. There is also the widespread belief that mental collapse in war is, at worst, a temporary and transitory problem that is rapidly and easily cured. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading.
Given that both sides understand that once war breaks out the side that puts the most men in the field will have a decided advantage, it is difficult to see how the quantitative escalation in manpower can be stopped once it begins. The argument against using harsh diagnostic criteria is that cumulative stress will eventually manifest itself in some way regardless of what is done. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. Even the losses were marginal by historical standards. Anselm College in Manchester, N. In one well documented case a group of Indians chased a soldier fleeing on horseback for nearly six miles. Gabriel, professor of politics at St.
There is no doubt that past approaches to the problem will no longer work except under conditions of low-intensity conflict. Television and movies provide a view of war that has become the only experience of war for the majority of Americans. The specter of a chemically changed soldier whose mind has been made over in the image of a true sociopathic personality cannot be realistically ignored. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. All this manpower and machinery would be used within a battle zone less than seven hundred miles long and forty miles deep. A nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-free Brodart plastic protector. Nor is one less amazed by the inventiveness of the human psyche in seeking to save itself from battlefield danger by generating all kinds of symptoms and behavior which get the soldier removed from the very horror that generated the conditions in the first place.
That is also why there are no books that offer a comparative in-depth treatment of the subject against the background of historical experience. On the opening day of battle, each side could commit more than 4,000 strike aircraft, a figure which would double in less than a week as air reserves are committed. Given enough time in combat, every soldier will eventually suffer a mental collapse. At the end of the chase the frightened soldier glanced back at the one remaining Indian warrior still giving chase, drew his pistol, and shot himself in the head. No More Heroes Madness Psychiatry In War can be very useful guide, and no more heroes madness psychiatry in war play an important role in your products. War has become an activity that has surpassed the ability of human beings to endure it. Jacket looks new as well, but please note that previous owner was a collector who carefully reinforced the dust jacket with what appears to be non-yellowing archival tape along the interior edges to prevent shelf wear.
Of course, so does his opponent. Such forces will be inserted into rear areas by paradrop or helicopter or will break through the front lines and head for specific targets in the rear areas. While only the truly insane would regard a nuclear war as tolerable, most Americans share the belief that a conventional war is acceptable. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the no more heroes madness psychiatry in war gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. It is true as well that with physical injuries the soldier obtains much of the same treatment—rest, food, sleep, a respite from battle—that he would receive as a purely psychiatric casualty.
Technology, no matter how destructive or sophisticated, has yet to succeed in replacing the human element in achieving success on the field of battle. Chapter 4 addresses the way armies have traditionally dealt with the problem of battle shock. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. The electronic village is here. Synopsis: No More Heroes is an in depth exploration of madness and psychiatry in war. The conventional chemical warfare capabilities of any number of military establishments, including those of the underdeveloped nations, can exterminate civilian and military populations much larger than those of Hiroshima or Dresden in only slightly more time than it took to destroy them with bombs.
Equally troubling is their genuine national fascination with machines and technology of all kinds, especiallythe technology of war. I will do my best to address your concerns including 100% refund of your money. Whatever else the wars in Korea and Vietnam were, they were not serious wars. The Israelis, in eighteen days of combat in the 1973 Yom Kippur war, had twice as many casualties in proportion to their population as the United States did in ten years of war in Vietnam. Moreover, the doctrines and practices of each army are, quite naturally, far more the result of its own battle experiences and the quality and direction of the broader field of psychiatry within its own country than of any systematic attempt to study and incorporate information available from military history or the experiences of other armies. About the Author: Richard A. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.