More Than a Spark

It took more than a spark to ignite the American Revolution. It was more than an opening salvo that heralded the Civil War. In both cases, there were long-standing divisions about the proper order of our society. Those divisions got debated. Tensions rose. Rhetoric became violent. War was discussed as the ultimate end years-long arguments. …

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The Spirit of the Infantry: Battle Fatigue in the Second World War

In studying the infantry’s experience in the European Theater of Operations (ETO), we find circumstances that are almost beyond imagining. We learn, for instance, that fear was ever present. The terror “came and went in varying degrees,” sometimes seeming “intolerable” but at others “dissipating entirely” [1]. At times it was such intense fear that an …

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