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Director: Gary Weinberg & Catherine Ryan
|During World War II more than 75% of combat troops chose not to fire at the enemy.|
Soldiers of Conscience is being streamed in its entirety from October 17 to October 23, 2008.
Watch the film now.
Six clips for class discussion (10th-12th grades)
"The film, Soldiers of Conscience, refers to a study with World War II veterans conducted by S.L.A. Marshall, a U.S. Army historian, which revealed that less than 25 percent of U.S. combat veterans actually fired their weapons at the enemy. The study went on to suggest that the average person has such a resistance to taking the life of another human being, that at the critical point of pulling the trigger, he frequently refrains and becomes a de facto conscientious objector."