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by Gerald F. Linderman

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ISBN: 0684827972
Author: Gerald F. Linderman
Language: English
Publisher: The Free Press; 1st edition (November 15, 1997)
Pages: 416
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 118
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An eminent social historian who writes of combat like a novelist, Linderman tells what it was really like to experience combat in World War II. (John Lehman Wall Street Journal).

An eminent social historian who writes of combat like a novelist, Linderman tells what it was really like to experience combat in World War II. A shocking, gripping survey of one war's battlefield mind-set.

The World Within War book. Drawing on letters and diaries, memoirs and surveys, Gerald Linderman explores how ordinary frontline American soldiers prepared for battle, related to one another, conceived of the enemy, thought of home, and reacted to battle itself. He argues that the grim logic of protracted combat This social history attempts to recapture the full experience of combat in World War II.

Gerald Linderman has created a seamless and highly original social history, authoritatively recapturing the full experience of combat in World War II. Drawing o. .This social history attempts to recapture the full experience of combat in World War II.

During World War II, the attitudes towards medics and succoring wounded depended on the theater and the combatants

During World War II, the attitudes towards medics and succoring wounded depended on the theater and the combatants  . Upon investigation they found out that the soldier in question was actually a doctor.

Linderman is not the first scholar to write about this world.

Author/s: Michael Neiberg. By Gerald F. Linderman (New York: The Free Press, 1997. Linderman is not the first scholar to write about this world. Paul Fussell’s 1989 book Wartime argued that the world of the combat soldier was so much as odds with any non-combatant’s ability to understand it that the real war will never get in the books. Indeed, the combat soldiers themselves understood that civilians and non-combatants could not (and perhaps should not) know about the world of combat.

Second World War (content). LINDERMAN GERALD F. (Author) Free Press (Publisher). Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.

Tells of the experiences of United States soldiers during World War II, including their preparation for battle, interaction with one another, perceptions of the enemies they faced and reaction to combat. The author's intention is to show the terrible, dehumanizing effects of combat. Drawing on letters and diaries, memoirs and surveys, Linderman explores how ordinary frontline American soldiers prepared for battle, related. Drawing on letters and diaries, memoirs and surveys, Linderman explores how ordinary frontline American soldiers prepared for battle, related to one another, conceived of the enemy, thought of home, and reacted to battle itself. He argues that the grim logic of protracted combat threatened soldiers not only with the loss of limbs and lives but with growing isolation from country and commanders and, ultimately, with psychological disintegration.

A look into the personal lives of America's World War II soldiers weaves together letters, diaries, and interviews that capture their experiences on the battlefield and their relationships with one another. 20,000 first printing.

Comments:

Maveri
Linderman has written an extremely informative look at the dynamics of combat, and he leaves nothing out. The reason this author is so successful is he expertly weaves his scholarly approach with an equal amount of first-hand accounts, and the result is a book both deeply personal and unbiased.
Judging from the extensive list of references in the Bibliography (which I refered to often, as many of these books I plan on purchasing) Linderman did extensive research, especially reading those books written by the soldiers themselves. The areas this author explores are often overlooked or deliberately avoided by others, and that is what makes this book so refreshing to read. Questions such as "Why him, and not me?", the reactions of ones buddies when someone on the line cracks up from battle fatigue, how soldiers dealt with inept officers, (and the brutally honest assessments of some of these green officers themselves),how the art of war in North Africa was a chivalrous display of honor and prisoner exchanges, and how this was radically different from the no-quarter violence of the Pacific, how the breakdown in discipline at war's end in Europe, and the rumor that those soldiers would be sent to the Pacific, almost caused near riots, and how soldiers reacted to those on the homefront, whether it be the shared pain of a Dear John letter passed among the squad, or the total contempt for the 4-F's that were often healthier than those in combat, or the rounds that didn't fire or grenades that didn't explode because some factory worker decided to stay out too late the night before spending that huge paycheck, this book is startling in it's clarity, and profound in the feelings it can generate, stripping away layers of patriotisim, and exposing this war for what it really was, a violent and thankless job, fought by the young, who fought for their buddies and the sake of getting it over with, and back home to loved ones.
My hat is off to all the brave veterans of this war. Well Done.
Cointrius
The circumstance laden nature of war is detailed with insight and understanding with attention to detail, emotion and leadership. Deming would appreciate his description of the power of process which daunts the highest principled participants. Every lieutenant should grasp this history before departing Fort Benning or any other combat arm preparation.
asAS
This is a must read for anyone trying to understand how men hold up (or not) in extended combat situations. Should be required reading for anyone interested in war history. Nobody can understand combat who was not actually there but this book comes closer than any other.
Qumen
good read
Goltikree
Whether you are a war history buff, a family member of a combat veteran, or a combat veteran still trying to understand what happened to you, this the book. One of the best for research and content. The author has a significant command of vocabulary and can turn a phrase. I believe its just the way he writes - he is highly definitive and drives home a point from a few points on the compass. I love the writing. The insight is OFF THE CHARTS. This is not an author who arrived at a conclusion and built a story around it. There is no pro-war or anti war agenda. He went where his journey took him. For those who have never experienced combat, this will take you inside the heads of those who did and render you absolutely thankful it wasn't you. I am a veteran, but not a combat veteran. There, but for the Grace of God, go I.
anonymous
In The World Within War, Gerald Linderman discusses how American combat troops were transformed by their experiences in World War II. In his sampling of 500 participants, Linderman "suggests how combat registered in their minds and memories; how so profound an experience impressed itself on their relationships with the enemies, their comrades, their commanders, and even their families; and how battle exacted its costs of them" (1). Linderman seeks to tell history from the perspective of the nameless masses that suffered the majority of casualties but received the least amount of praise and individual recognition

The World Within War is designed to appeal to the general reader who wants to better understand the thoughts, desires, frustrations, and fears of the unheralded World War II soldier. Linderman's claims are not groundbreaking, he does not make any bold claims, but his work does compliment the many other books of the subject that focus almost entirely on the larger implications of events in war and the senior commanders who made the decisions. Through reading this book, one is able to better understand the thoughts and actions of those front line soldiers who executed, sometimes under creative protest, these decisions.

Linderman structures his work in a logical manner, beginning with the expectations of the new soldier, how the first combat experience changed the soldier, how the different enemies were viewed, and the soldier's relationship to his peers, his superiors, and those on the home front. One of Linderman's strengths is in defining different stages that soldiers went through during their wartime experience, including how soldiers accepted their roles in the armed forces (11), how their war mentality evolved (122), how they viewed their enemies (161), how they coped with danger (236), and how they related their war experiences to those on the home front (319).

Instead of a common strategic military history that focuses on high command and broad objectives, Linderman has created a study that concentrates on the psychological aspect of war, discussing the emotions, superstitions, civility, manliness, and desires of soldiers. Although redundant at times, Linderman makes clear the transitions of the soldiers, both individually and collectively, and how they adjusted to the new world and circumstances that they found themselves in. This is accomplished through the liberal use of quotes from a sample of 500 former front line soldiers.

Clearly, this is not a comprehensive study, but one that is generally representative of those involved. Linderman's limitation to 500 soldiers is understandable, as this number provides a wide range of information that is still easily distilled to find common themes. There are, however, two criticisms of Linderman's sample group and his usage of it: the group is almost entirely Euro-American, with only the slightest mention of minority participation; and that the author relies too heavily on a handful of sources.

In examining the Bibliography, one is surprised to find the author's reliance on secondary sources and the omission of interviews of the subjects. While Linderman does utilize a number of autobiographies of former soldiers, his source selection must be addressed. Linderman has managed to compile a work that uses a number of quotes from participants, but as most of these were gleaned from secondary sources, one must consider the source and context from which the quote was originally used. The credibility of the study would have been enhanced with a more balanced source selection.

While not without flaw, The World Within War is an important work that seeks to broaden the understanding of both academics studying World War II, and the casual reader who has an interest in the subject. By addressing the psychological aspect of war and the thoughts of the combat soldiers, Linderman has made a valuable contribution to the study of World War II.

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