The soldiers in the field had no mothers or sisters or girlfriends to look after then when in need, they only had the other men in the field who were just as scared. The only place they could look for comfort was in the arms of other soldiers. The support included comfort in the eyes of death, simple conversation and/ or
One of the most impressive strategies was conveying readers to the battlefield using sufficient words. The writer described some details that readers the same feeling that soldiers felt during that the war. Iraq
His Speech to the Third Army starts off in an almost lighthearted tone, “Men, all this stuff you hear about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of bullshit. Americans love to fight” (1). This general mood is kept throughout Patton's speech, including an excess of profanity. Unlike a formal address to a similarly large audience, Patton's way of speaking and structure of words is akin to that of close friends, or soldiers talking in the barracks. As Patton continues to speak, he frequently brings up the importance of a team and the role a soldier has as unit. Even if you are the lowest on the totem pole, he believed that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. If every man did his job with the
The fear of killing and being killed in battle is no easy thing to contemplate or to inspire. Inspiring soldiers to participate earnestly in battle is crucial to winning wars. Approaches to accomplish this have been studied and tried by military leaders for millennia. George S. Patton attempted this very thing in his speech to the Third Army. Patton delivered a profane and vulgar speech to untried soldiers who have yet to see combat. Patton is able to inspire his soldiers by using his reputation while dismantling his authority, using obscene humor, and appealing to their sense of honor and courage.
In document D it says “The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.” This quote means that if you give it your all and work harder than ever, it will feel even better when you win. If freedom was just given to you, then you would not value it NEARLY as much. All the hard work and brutal fighting will be worth it in the end. “These are the times that try men’s souls” This quote means these men are being challenged, pushed to their limits. It's time to see what they can do. Are they summer soldiers or are they going to continue on and fight through the tough times, and not give up
Again in the fifth line he requests that “If we must die, O let us nobly die,/ So that our precious blood may not be shed/ In vain” (5-7). He reasons that if there is to be bloodshed regardless, then the blood ought not to be shed without a fight. They should not lose their “precious blood” without any significance or effect, and not in an irreverent manner. If they succeed in avoidance of such vain, then McKay claims that “even the monsters we defy/ Shall be constrained to honor us through dead!” (7-8) McKay knows that upon a proud death, even those they fought will be compelled to acknowledge their bravery and pride. By referring to the enemy as “monsters,” McKay makes it increasingly difficult to not follow him. There is no pity or compromising with monsters and every man, woman, and child has his or her own image of a monster. Given this open description they are then free to envision the monster as they see and feel it. They can construct it based on their own fears.
“They were tough. They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--...They carried their reputations. … carried the soldier 's greatest fear,which was the fear of blushing. It
The fires of “combat frenzy” were quickly doused, however, as the war extended long past expectations and more and more men realized the horrors of combat during that time. Many letters used by McPherson, express soldier’s absolute terror after their first engagement. After “seeing the elephant” for the first time, few men had any desire to see it ever again. However, even with the sentiments of fear of combat, many soldiers stood strong, ready to continue the fight on to victory. Some wavered, but more replaced them as the war prolonged into 1863 and 1864.
Whenever he looks into the eyes of an enemy soldier, he does not see a man, but sees death staring back at him. He has no choice; the enemy cannot and will not coexist with him. It
Deceased philosopher Bertrand Russell once said, “War does not determine who is right- only who is left”. Those left are the soldiers of the 1-502nd, specifically Bravo Company 1st plt, and the Janabi family and to a greater extent, the ever-changing global world we all live in today. The tragic events that conspired in a small Iraqi village became a microcosm of how leadership failures at every level shaped the actions of a few soldiers who committed atrocious acts. One can also see how a high operational tempo, along with prolonged violence and death, has on a person’s psyche. It is the ugly side of war that the average American citizen may not want to hear or talk about. For a soldier, it is inevitably what they train their
The line itself poses an emphasis on the Colonel’s voracious motives, suggesting he would kill his friend, and main character ‘Danny Archer’, if it means his war is won and his seldom benefits are received. There is considered intertextuality between this quote and that of Kurtz from Heart of Darkness. At the complete loss of morality from Kurtz, a quote marks this points “Exterminate all the brutes.” These quotes juxtapose the two characters from the individual texts together and with it, their greedy purposes and malevolent natures, proving that the greed of an individual is the root of their co-existing evil.
* Advise the American soldiers to be wary and mindful of an individual’s inclination to be automatically and unthinkingly consistent. To be cognizant of situations where consistency is being used as a weapon of influence against them. Advise them to listen to their guts or be perceptive of the heart-of-heart signs - the feeling towards something that an individual experiences a split second before they intellectualize about it.
It is customary for soldiers to be mentally and physically tough, in fact, the slogan for the Army is: “There’s strong, then there’s Army strong.” Soldiers are taught to never show weakness and to give off the perception of a hard-core fighter. In order to achieve the toughness of a hard-core fighter, a soldier is yelled at and treated