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

By Jonathan Shay

Publish yr note: First released in 1994

An unique and groundbreaking e-book that examines the mental devastation of struggle by way of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans struggling with post-traumatic pressure disorder

In this strikingly unique and groundbreaking publication, Dr. Shay examines the mental devastation of battle by means of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans struggling with post-traumatic pressure affliction. even supposing the Iliad was once written twenty-seven centuries in the past it has a lot to educate approximately strive against trauma, as do the more moderen, compelling voices and stories of Vietnam vets.

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First they had to be on slightly elevated ground to prevent rainwater from pooling. They were kept as small as practical, as little as 14in. , but might be 2ft. x 2ft. and could be much larger (3ft. ) to allow bulk supplies and equipment to enter. The trapdoors could be square, rectangular, or circular. The entry was typically framed with boards to provide a lower lip on which the trapdoor rested, or the frame was beveled allOWing the trapdoor to nest into it. In both cases the trapdoor was flush with the ground.

Untrained soldiers volunteered to tentatively explore tunnels in the early days. 45-cal M1911Al pistol and flashlight. They seldom penetrated far. It was soon realized that specially trained and equipped volunteers were necessary. "Tunnel rats," originally called "tunnel runners," were infantrymen, engineers, and chemical troops. " Tunnel rat volunteers were small, wiry men,7 of basically the same stature as their quarry. Claustrophobia and fear of darkness would preclude any sufferers from attempting this job.

The waterproof sheet. (7) A nylon sheet. example described below was discovered by the author's Cambodian strike force company some 10km west of the company's Special Forces camp, Chi Linh in Bein Long Province, in 1969. The base camp was probably used by VC patrols keeping Chi Linh under surveillance. There may have been a dozen such camps throughout Chi Linh's 2,500 square km area of operations. A patrolling company could pass within 20-30m of such a camp and not notice it in the dense vegetation.

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