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What causes armies to lose the will to fight? Here's what history tells us -- and what Putin may soon find out | CNN
History is full of examples of dispirited armies that "quiet quit" — stopped attacking the enemy and essentially disengaged from battle. Here's why that happens, and what it could mean for the weary Russian army in Ukraine.
There are moments throughout history where entire armies suddenly stop fighting, though they are evenly matched or even numerically superior to their enemy.
What causes armies to lose the will to fight? And how might that play out with the Russian army in Ukraine?
This is the question that CNN asked combat veterans and military historians. While history is full of embattled armies like the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II, which fought with ferocious intensity even though they knew they would not win, it also records other armies that “quiet quit” — stopped attacking the enemy or did the bare minimum to stay alive.
Soldiers are very groupthink. at some point they collectively conclude that they can't win, or that it's not worth it, and they quit. We've seen some of this in Ukraine by the Russian army.
anyone with knowledge of? insight?
(It's kind of amusing, and irritating, to see today's journalists talk of military matters. Collectively they hate the military and totally don't understand it.)