Acts of War Behavior of Men in Battle ePUB Ò War

Acts of War Behavior of Men in Battle ePUB Ò War

Acts of War Behavior of Men in Battle [PDF / Epub] ❤ Acts of War Behavior of Men in Battle ✅ Richard Holmes – 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 ba War Behavior PDF/EPUB å This ambitious wide ranging exhaustively researched book is a compelling attempt to grasp the very nature Acts of Kindle - of war It takes us through the soldier's experience in its entirety from the humiliation of basic of War Behavior PDF/EPUB ë training and of War Behavior of Men eBook ë the intense comradeship of army life to the terror isolation and exhaustion of battle What of War Behavior of Men eBook ë 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.

10 thoughts on “Acts of War Behavior of Men in Battle

  1. James James says:

    Extremely well done by an expert both scholar and veteran Holmes studies the psychology of combat This book belongs on the same shelf as Grossman's On Killing and On Combat Shay's Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America Keegan's The Face of Battle and the likeThe author doesn't come to startling new conclusions although this book predates a lot of the literature now around on its topic but he covers this ground vividly and articulately Like the others cited above he makes it clear that combat is not glamorous simple or easily assimilated and that most military history fails to capture nearly all and the most important parts for the participants of what happens and how it changes peopleYet one book that should be reuired reading for any head of state or legislator contemplating committing his or her country's troops to any war Not to say that it's never necessary but it should never be done unless it really must

  2. Jennifer Taw Jennifer Taw says:

    This exhaustive examination of how men feel in war is well researched careful and deeply interesting It complements soldiers' autobiographies with a meta analysis of combatants' experiences

  3. Bryn Hammond Bryn Hammond says:

    Okay but read Dave Grossman aheadinstead

  4. Rob Barry Rob Barry says:

    35 stars Well researched synopsis on the nature of war and responses to the same As I wrestle with my own experiences I was hoping that Holmes might offer some helpful vocabulary and insight Unfortunately I found myself frustrated on that front All in all interesting but a little dated with heavy emphasis on British military experiences I’m not sure how many of his theories are still valid particularly regarding warfare since 1985

  5. Matthew Matthew says:

    An excellent survey of the wide range of experiences emotions and behaviors that humans exhibit and experience in battle Holmes draws on centuries of evidence for his findings and covers the entire spectrum of experiences

  6. KB KB says:

    The man is the first weapon of battle Let us study the soldier for it is he who brings reality to itAlthough Holmes' book is subtitled The Behaviour of Men in Battle it goes far beyond that Overall it examines the life of a soldier from enlistment through training onto the battlefield and then follows him home after his war If you've ever wondered what the realities of military life entail or what goes mentally and physically for someone on a battlefield you will surely find both in this bookBefore Holmes really gets into the soldier experience he discusses the writing of military history and some of the problems with it Some histories are too operational and ignore the role of the individual Others are too over the top and cliched He notes how important and useful personal accounts can be even though they are flawed in the sense that it is difficult recalling past events especially ones as confusing and horrible as during war so that they are often incomplete one sided or partly incorrect Many soldiers also find it difficult to write about their experiences This means some historians do not always see the importance of written accounts do not use these accounts correctly or over use them and offer little analysis of their own Another problem faced by military historians is that many have never seen battle themselvesI was really impressed with the beginning of the book As I was reading I kept thinking to myself 'yes I totally agree with him' I basically only read military history or books about war and looking back on what I've read Holmes makes excellent points I wasn't alive in 1986 reading military history but even just taking into account what has been published since this book his points still stand In the operational histories personal accounts are sometimes thrown in to try and give the view of an average soldier but get lost in the rest of the detailed text and there are plenty of books out there that just string together personal accountsTo be sure Holmes himself uses plenty of first hand accounts from men that have served but this strengthens the book rather than impedes it He draws from a number of secondary sources as well and blends these together in chapters which are divided thematically There are so many things brought up in this book that I can't even begin to touch on them all but through all this I think his organization worked really well He uses examples from all the 20th century wars and plenty from even before then giving good coverage of each of his topics One of the most interesting things he touches on in my opinion is how the portrayal of war in popular media has shaped men's war experiences Many of them based their ideas of what war was like off of movies they had seen or wanted to see themselves as a character they found particularly admirable Some also viewed their wars as something out of a movie like it almost wasn't real A Marine wounded in the legs at Hue told Michael Herr 'I hate this movie'There are so many other interesting things in here how soldiers view their enemies how they react under the strain of battle how fear controls their actions how some almost want to be back in war once they have returned home etc I was a little less into the book at the end than when I initially started reading it but it was never a chore I enjoyed it cover to cover I seemed that it read pretty fast to me as wellIf you are looking for discussion about women in the military you won't really find that here It does come up early in the book but Holmes doesn't make much of it This was published in 1986 and women's roles in the military had been expanding since around the 70s generally; it depends on the country However women in combat roles is a recent thing and was only really occurring around the book's publication In that sense I understand why there is this lack of focus because war traditionally has mostly been a man's thing Regardless this is still debated a lot even today so I think could have been done on the topicPerhaps a flaw of the book is that it is very much centered on Western armies so you'll mostly hear from the Americans and British The Germans appear pretty freuently as do the French Israelis Russians Argentinians Canadians and Australians much less so Holmes has good coverage of the wars but leaves out the voices of soldiers of numerous countries that participated I mean I can't say much in regards to how many of their memoirs or books focusing on these armies have been translated into English Still it is a narrow scopeAll in all I truly enjoyed this book It provides a ton of information without being dense or confusing and the personal accounts Holmes uses are really wonderful If the topic interests you I can't see why anyone would be disappointed

  7. Matt Ely Matt Ely says:

    I acuired this book as a last act of bureaucratic subterfuge In my last few months on active duty in the army I had a desk in a forgotten back corner of a tiny station in Iowa In my forgotten corner I found a forgotten bookshelf Someone used to care about these books They had labels It seemed like someone trying to create a resource for professional development Then they left and everyone forgot but the books stayed Looking through what was available much of it was either out of date painfully business oriented or overly jingoistic This title seemed to be the exception an attempt to deal frankly with the realities of military service in and out of combat I had the feeling that I was going to want to read things like this to mentally outprocess from the service So I took it The book is effectively a survey of written sources from Xenophon to Tim O'Brien as well as interviews conducted by the author addressing the fundamental components of military life and combat from several points of view Holmes does tend to rely on European and American sources likely as a product of his own background in military history It's also worth noting that the age shows at points considering that the Falklands War is his representative case study of modern combat Overall I appreciated his approach There was a lot of myself I could see in the anecdotes he used as reference points It's helpful to feel reflected as a way of understanding my own experience It also gives words to a lot of feelings and inclinations that I hadn't been able to label Outside of veterans I think it's worth reading for those looking to gain some perspective on the various experiences and outcomes of military life and why people talk about it the way they do A little slow going at times but worth the effort

  8. Kevin Whiteman Kevin Whiteman says:

    I really enjoyed this book because of the great details and reality of the story Each and every soldier has a different personality and a different story Whether it is a Colonel speaking about his encounters with the Vietcong or a private that made it through Pearl Harbor they all have the same views of war They are all intimated Almost of all of the soldiers except a few felt that they left their life behind them and that the only benefit was that they had the ability to fight for their freedom and the United States All in all I suggest this book for anyone who is interested in War stories and enjoy reading about the realities of War

  9. Maurice Maurice says:

    Richard Holmes does not look to campaigns generals and the big picture in this book but tries to gain understanding of the common soldier why he or she enlists experiences training and his or her baptism of fire and handles the stress and terror involved Ravished with examples from the Middles Ages through the Napoleontic Wars and through both World Wars to Vietnam and the Falklands he paints an intersting insight picture in the mind of the common soldier

  10. Keith Cavey Keith Cavey says:

    Whew This tome was a long boooorrring read There were occasional interesting tidbits and noteworthy passages but this book is of a reference than a sit down and read book Recommended only for those that are really REALLY interested in an analytical non emotional account of how human beings act in a wartime environment

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