Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, by Michael Anthony

By Michael Anthony

From the Introduction:
?Look around,? the drill sergeant stated. ?In many years, or perhaps a few months, numerous of you may be lifeless. a few of you can be significantly wounded or so badly mutilated that your individual mom can?t stand the sight of you. And for the true unfortunate ones, you'll come domestic so emotionally disfigured that you just want you had died over there.?
It was once Week 7 of simple education . . . 18 years previous and that i was once getting ready myself to die.

They say the military makes a guy out of you?but for 18-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, that fabled ceremony of passage proved a really darkish trip. After soliciting his mom and dad? approval to enlist at purely 17, Anthony all started his trip with an unshakeable religion within the army born of his family?s lengthy culture of carrier. but if thrust right into a clinical unit of misfits as misplaced as he was once, SPC Anthony not just witnessed the unspeakable horror of war?but the indisputable misconduct of the military?firsthand. every thing he ever believed in dissolved, forcing Anthony to reconsider his loyalties, and eventually possibility his career?and his freedom?to problem the army he had so firmly believed in.

This searing memoir chronicles the enduring reviews that modified one younger soldier without end. A professional veteran ahead of the age of twenty-one, he confronted the reality in regards to the war?and himself?in this stunning and unheard of eyewitness account.

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The German officer is treated with enormous respect pillage. because of his power in barracks, and, fancying that he is made of finer clay than other people, he recognizes no law but that of the military code. very of his was furnished mentality by the typical example notorious affair at Zabern, where a Colonel had some A thirty civilians, including a magistrate, thrown into a cellar and kept there for twenty-four hours, simply because he did not consider that they had paid him proper respect.

The German officer is treated with enormous respect pillage. because of his power in barracks, and, fancying that he is made of finer clay than other people, he recognizes no law but that of the military code. very of his was furnished mentality by the typical example notorious affair at Zabern, where a Colonel had some A thirty civilians, including a magistrate, thrown into a cellar and kept there for twenty-four hours, simply because he did not consider that they had paid him proper respect.

No environmental change in his life has ever been so vast and so radical as this. Army ! mano3uvres, which approached it the most nearly, were but feeble in comparison, and brief rather than pro- Nothing can disturb the existing environdoes. For here the surrounding country is destitute, desolate, burned; the railways are torn up; buildings are razed, crops destroyed, and every semblance of order and civilization gone. Nothing tracted. ment as war short of actual war can possibly imitate this, even PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA AND THE AVAR 38 a different world; and this in turn creates a different mental world in the being dwelling within such an altered zone.

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