SOLDIERS COORDINATING THEIR MOVEMENTS. General S.L.A. Marshall was a military historian who studied the behavior of soldiers in combat. His most controversial finding is described in this wikipedia article: “Marshall claimed that of the World War II U.S. troops in actual combat, 75% never fired their personal weapons at the enemy for the purpose of killing, even though they were engaged in combat and under direct threat. (Later research has cast doubts on his methods, but research into killing ratios of other wars, including the U.S. Civil War, has supported this claim….)” Back in the day, I read about experimental studies by General Marshall of how long it took for a line of soldiers that had hit the ground under enemy fire to all get up at the same time and start moving forward (during the hour, there would be a series of attempts to coordinate by different small groups of soldiers). He worked out that it took about an hour. Since I read about the soldiers trying to coordinate, I have thought that getting an economy moving again presents an analogous problem. As a business owner, I want to be convinced that other business owners are taking action, so that I won’t be the only one hiring or making an investment.

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  1. Mary Jane Schaefer says:

    So, is “Band of Brothers” not true to life? It seems so real,, while we’re watching it.

  2. philip says:

    I think it’s fair for the writers to leave out delays and intervals where there is no action. When we watch, I think we accept that the directors may be speeding up or slowing down time.

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