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Steeling the mind: combat stress reactions and their implications for urban warfare

Steeling the mind: combat stress reactions and their implications for urban warfare

Helmus, Todd C; Glenn, Russell W

Combat stress casualties can severely reduce unit strength, and these types of losses may be accentuated during operations in cities. Commanders and NCOs need to have the skills to treat and prevent stress casualties and understand their implications for urban operations. The authors review the known precipitants of combat stress reaction, its battlefield treatment, and the preventive steps commanders can take to limit its extent and severity

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Published Santa Monica, CA : Rand Arroyo Center 2004

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Statement of responsibility: Todd C. Helmus, Russell W. Glenn
ISBN: 0833037021, 0833040561, 9780833037022, 9780833040565
Note: "Prepared for the United States Army."
Note: "MG-191-A"--Page 4 of cover.
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-150).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 150 pages) : illustrations
Subject: War neuroses.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International); Urban warfare.; Cities.; War neuroses United States.; PSYCHOLOGY Psychopathology Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Combat Disorders.; Warfare.; United States.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. A look back: a brief history of combat psychiatry
  3. The lessons of war: the causations of battle fatigue
  4. Stress in the city: an evaluation of the risk of combat stress reactions in urban warfare
  5. Reversing the tide: treatment principles for battle fatigue
  6. Preventing the fall: suggested steps toward the prevention of stress reaction
  7. Conclusions and recommendations.