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Re: The Cult of the Warrior - Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?

Re "Revisionist look at Jutland": The "three large battleships lost at Jutland" were, of course, battlecruisers. ("Something seems to be wrong with our bloody ships today, Chatsworth." Jellicoe). The only battleship lost at Jutland on either side was the German pre-dreadnaught _Pommern_ blown up with all hands; it never should never have been in the line in the first place. As I had noted earlier, battleships seemed to be very hard to kill in battle, but had a disconcerting tendency to blow up catastrophically outside combat.

Regards,

Stanley Sandler

Re: The Cult of the Warrior - Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?

Apparently we must agree to disagree. As an old Marine who remains very active with Marine reunions and activities, I see mostly the elements of a tribe among the hundreds of Marines I know. Yes, there are a few for whom it's more like a cult, but of course in any large group we must expect to see more than a single narrow kind of response to anything. Yes, self sacrifice for others may be part of the ethos for all kinds of military, but the Marine stories of such practices are far more often told than I've seen among other services.

Re: The Cult of the Warrior - Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?

By Matthew Kosuta

In reading over many of the discussion posts on The Cult of the Warrior - Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?, it seems that much of the discussion centers on anecdotes, general feelings, and frustration with definitions, etc. The discussion hasn’t systematically tried to define warrior or soldier.

I propose a few fundamental characteristics to aid in distinguishing a warrior from a soldier. Here is a list of 5 characteristics of warriors and soldiers juxtaposed:

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H-War Book Reviews

Author: 
Alexander Watson
Reviewer: 
Matthew Lungerhausen

Lungerhausen on Watson, 'Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I'

Alexander Watson. Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I. New York: Basic Books, 2014. 832 pp. $40.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-465-01872-7.

Reviewed by Matthew Lungerhausen (Winona State University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

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Author: 
David R. Morse
Reviewer: 
Kenny Kolander

Kolander on Morse, 'Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War'

David R. Morse. Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 216 pp. $35.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7864-9864-2.

Reviewed by Kenny Kolander (West Virginia University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=47671

Author: 
Jonathan Wyrtzen
Reviewer: 
Kristin Hissong

Hissong on Wyrtzen, 'Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity'

Jonathan Wyrtzen. Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016. Illustrations, maps. 352 pp. $45.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-5017-0023-1.

Reviewed by Kristin Hissong (Air University, Air Force Culture and Language Center) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Author: 
George E. Melton
Reviewer: 
Bradley Cesario

Cesario on Melton, 'From Versailles to Mers el-Kébir: The Promise of Anglo-French Naval Cooperation, 1919-40'

George E. Melton. From Versailles to Mers el-Kébir: The Promise of Anglo-French Naval Cooperation, 1919-40. Washington, DC: Naval Institute Press, 2015. 288 pp. $42.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-61251-879-4.

Reviewed by Bradley Cesario (Texas A&M University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Author: 
Phil Porter
Reviewer: 
Gregory Michna

Michna on Porter, 'The Soldiers of Fort Mackinac: An Illustrated History'

Phil Porter. The Soldiers of Fort Mackinac: An Illustrated History. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2018. 196 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-61186-281-2.

Reviewed by Gregory Michna (Arkansas Tech University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

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