British public perceptions often misunderstand the reality of a soldier’s experience of combat
Contemporary Western publics have a shifting perception of the role of the warrior, which reflects the profound changes in the relationship between society and the armed forces over the course of the twentieth century. Max Hastings reflects on realities and misconceptions of the soldier in twenty-first-century Britain, the reductive categories of hero or victim, and the support that the armed forces and wider society provide to the UK's veterans.
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