Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of by Jonathan Shay

By Jonathan Shay

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1994
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An unique and groundbreaking ebook that examines the mental devastation of battle by means of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans struggling with post-traumatic rigidity disorder

In this strikingly unique and groundbreaking publication, Dr. Shay examines the mental devastation of battle by way of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans being affected by post-traumatic pressure disease. even if the Iliad was once written twenty-seven centuries in the past it has a lot to educate approximately strive against trauma, as do the newer, compelling voices and reviews of Vietnam vets.

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The following chapters attest that lessons had to be experienced repeatedly before they were understood and truly learned. The predisposition to learn was accentuated by the surge in operational tempo, providing a greater source of lessons and a greater imperative to learn and adapt. 24 The inquiry endorsed the concept of the Army being a learning organisation and recognised the positive effects of the mandatory training in occupational health and safety, fraud prevention, ethics, equity and diversity.

The ethos was deeply egalitarian, with selection premised on ability, not wealth or connections. A distinctive feature was that respect from soldiers was earned rather than simply demanded. 21 Apart from Duntroon, a range of military schools were created for the various specialisations required by a modern Army. These schools also generated prowess in individual training. Although the School of Artillery dated back to 1885, other schools were relatively young, because the pre-1939 Army was a militia force with the exception of the Regular force coastal gunners and engineers.

A distinctive feature was that respect from soldiers was earned rather than simply demanded. 21 Apart from Duntroon, a range of military schools were created for the various specialisations required by a modern Army. These schools also generated prowess in individual training. Although the School of Artillery dated back to 1885, other schools were relatively young, because the pre-1939 Army was a militia force with the exception of the Regular force coastal gunners and engineers. Most of the schools were developed under the stewardship of Australia’s senior-most military officer, General Sir Thomas Blamey, during the Second World War.

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