CHAPTER TWOTHE DOMAIN OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT

PATRICK J. SWEENEY, SEAN T. HANNAH, AND DON M. SNIDER

Anyone with experience in close combat knows that in the face of the paralyzing fear that it brings, not all soldiers, sailors, and airmen acquit themselves with the same degree of inner strength. This is not just a phenomenon of wars past. By one recent account from Iraq, American land forces have conducted in Anbar Province alone over 200 firefights within the confined rooms of concrete houses. In contrast, in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive of 1969, at the height of the urban battle for Hue, U.S. forces conducted only two confined firefights of such intensity.1

Today the outcome of such close combat is still determined as it was in ages past, by ...

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