Why They Fight
Analyzing how the military motivates soldiers to go into combat
Posters, films, and newspapers are just a few examples of how the U.S. government motivated its soldiers during World War II. Hear Dr. Christopher Hamner, associate professor at George Mason University and part of ABMC's Understanding Sacrifice program, analyze some of these real-life examples that were used during the war.
- "Dig!..or Die!" Newsmap. Monday, April 26, 1943 University of North Texas
- "Basic Training Counts" poster. Engineer Unit Training Center, 1944National Archives and Records Administration
- Automatic Weapons: American vs. German. US War Department, 1943National Archives and Records Administration (24562)