• Jack Belden


Conditions of uncertainty and danger arouse in the mind of soldier and commander alike powerful emotions of doubt and fear that corrode the very fiber of the soul, but there is another condition of the battlefield which, being almost always present, exercises an influence on the subjective attitude of the commonest soldier toward events. I speak of physical exertion and suffering. After the passage of many years, it is likely that the combat soldier will remember most vividly his moments of highest danger, but now in the midst of war if he were to write a truthful daily letter of his experiences, it would probably be filled mostly with remarks of the strenuous efforts he has to make almost every day of his life.


Emotional Exhaustion Staff Officer Perpetual Violence American Soldier Strenuous Effort 
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© Jack Belden 1944

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