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When Soldiers Quit: Studies in Military Disintegration Bruce Allen Watson

When Soldiers Quit: Studies in Military Disintegration

Bruce Allen Watson

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ISBN : 9780275952235
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216 pages
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After an introduction showing three examples of military disintegration, the author examines six historical occurrences in depth: The India Mutiny of 1857- the 1917 French Army mutinies- the depredations following the British siege of San Sebastian,MoreAfter an introduction showing three examples of military disintegration, the author examines six historical occurrences in depth: The India Mutiny of 1857- the 1917 French Army mutinies- the depredations following the British siege of San Sebastian, 1813- the surrender of the U.S. 106th Infantry Division in 1944- the Sand Creek Indian Massacre, 1864- and the My Lai massacre in 1968. The final chapter begins with a recapitulation of the four processes shown to be the foundations of disintegration--leadership failure, collapse of the units internal primary groups, alienation, and desperation among the troops--and continues with an analysis of the crowd behaviors to which these processes give rise. The book ends with a brief discussion of the moral dilemma that disintegration imposes on military institutions.