Elmar Dinter addresses the question of why some men fight well in war and others do not. He examines the factors and draws conclusions involving recommendations for new methods of personnel selection and new tactics, training and military education.

chapter 1|5 pages


chapter 2|7 pages

Setting The Scene

chapter 3|3 pages


chapter 4|6 pages

Pressures on the Individual

chapter 5|5 pages

Injury and Death

chapter 6|7 pages

Stamina and Exhaustion

chapter 7|6 pages


chapter 8|12 pages

Experiences of Military Units

chapter 9|8 pages

Experiences of Commanders

chapter 10|3 pages

Summary of Pressures

chapter 11|8 pages

Psychiatric Casualties

chapter 12|9 pages

Summary of Antidotes

chapter 13|7 pages

Effects on the Commander

chapter 15|13 pages

Future Prospects

chapter 16|4 pages

Open Questions

chapter 17|4 pages