Monday, 15 February 2016
Here is an issue:
"If an officer had come up with something like this during the war, I'd have considered fragging the crazy son of a bitch unless he had a real good track record." (p. 535)
Would Tom really have considered this? A man who had fought in World War II told me, "There was one officer who was such a bloody nuisance we had to get rid of him ourselves. He would have got us all killed."
Do soldiers in combat make this pragmatic decision: to kill an incompetent officer who otherwise would get them all killed, including himself? I will leave that question with the moral sensibilities of blog readers while I go for a family meal in my daughter's and granddaughter's flat. (I am glad that I am unlikely to be involved in any armed conflict.)