I'm a WWI WWII Civil war buff which means I watch a lot of TV documentaries and read a few books on the subject. The most irrational...and yet arguably the bravest acts were men relentlessly marching into the line of fire. I don't know if under that circumstance I'd mentally collapse or just find myself unable to make my limbs continue to march forward. The securing of Iwo Jima was as savage fighting as could be imagined yet the persevered for nearly a month to secure that five mile island.
Gawdzilla Sama is an expert in US history (we mostly agree). I am more of a general historian. Why don't you talk about that, in the History section?
For many of us, myself included, have family members who were in service. The son ... of the second man my grandmother married, died on Iwo Jima (this was about a year before she married him). I have visited his grave (the son). Did you see the two related movies done by Clint Eastwood? I am related to her first husband, and consider her third husband the "grandfather" I knew ... the third husband served in WW II in N Africa with Patton and later in the ME in Iraq and Iran. My father-in-law served in the War Dept during WW II. My mother and that same grandmother, were Rosies during WW II. My older brother and older male cousin both served in Vietnam, and a cousin my mother's age served in Korea. I have been associated with the military as a contractor, for half my life, originally with the Cold War. Gawdzilla Sama is a 20 year Navy man.
But speaking of marching into fire ... ever hear of the Battle of the Somme? Europeans are much more aware of WW I than Americans. One of that same grandmother's older brothers, was in France in 1918 .. the war ended as he was being marched from Paris to the Ardennes. There was a mini-movie about the Ardennes, not as classic as All Quiet On The Western Front, but The Lost Battalion. For the last couple years my WW II interests have centered on espionage ... which now has good unclassified documentation never before available. Though the recent movie on Alan Turing was only half historical, The Imitation Game.