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"Collateral damage" is an army time period for the inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians during army operations. In Collateral harm: american citizens, Noncombatant Immunity, and Atrocity after international struggle II, Sahr Conway-Lanz chronicles the historical past of America's try to reconcile the proper of sparing civilians with the truth that sleek battle ends up in the killing of blameless humans. Drawing on policymakers' reaction to the problems raised by means of the atrocities of worldwide battle II and using the atomic bomb, in addition to the continuing debate by way of the yank public and the media because the Korean battle constructed, Conway-Lanz presents a complete exam of recent American discourse regarding civilian casualties and gives a desirable examine the advance of what's now generally known as collateral harm

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1794, II, 272). The continental verdict is summed up by the Prince de Ligne: ‘they are brave without being soldierly, and gentlemen without being officers’ (Ligne, 1795–1811, I, 160). The mercenaries In the eighteenth century individuals of all ranks of society passed with almost untrammelled freedom from the service of one master to that of another. Many of Frederick’s ‘Prussians’ were in fact Italians, Frenchmen, or Swiss like the compatriots whom private Ulrich Bräker found in the regiment of Itzenplitz: As soon as drill was over we used to fly to Schottmann’s beer cellar.

Comte de Chabot, quoted in Ray, 1895, 114. See also Ligne, 1795–1811, II, 3–4) An officer who was inspired with this degree of motivation was a rare individual. Many perfectly adequate officers took up the military profession simply as a means of earning a livelihood; for people like that ‘long service and good service are the same thing’ (Frederick, quoted in Jähns, 1889–91, III, 2, 439). Others hoped to fill an inner emptiness, ‘loving war as a means of satisfying their need for occupation or as a remedy for boredom, exposing themselves to danger for the same kind of motives as a man who goes hunting foxes’ (Schaumburg-Lippe, 1977–81, II, 158).

A veteran wrote: It greatly promoted an esprit de corps to have nearly all the officers of the regiments of the line drawn from the nobility…. The bourgeois officers were in a minority, and they commanded less respect unless they were really outstanding… This was reprehensible, no doubt, but it is in the nature of things. (Seidl, 1821, 381) The officer class 33 The dispossessed Prussian infantry officer had nowhere to go, except possibly to the gunners. The cavalry officers were more fortunate, since they could betake themselves to the regiments of hussars, where men of their background had always been admitted: Taken as a whole, the bourgeois officers were far better educated than the nobles, even in the higher reaches of knowledge, and they showed far greater decorum in their conduct.

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