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Old May 3rd, 2012, 12:07 PM   #1

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A thread for general discussion - what factors can positively and negatively influence the morale of soldiers on the battlefield, modernly or in any historical setting?
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A flanking or rear attack could be quite dangerous to morale! Or the death of a battlefield leader.
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War chants were used to boost moral and unnerve the enemy. Germanic tribes and the Maori were both known to do this.

War paint and decorative dress served similar ends.
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Most people are terrified of violence, that's why it's still a popular method of instilling "order" to this day. In war, most people continue that trend they had in civilian life, but they have a certain discipline to not run away immediately. All the songs, the camaderie, the banners, the credos, all are used to keep people as calm in a completely uncalm situation. Anything that reminds them that they are in a field/jungle/mountainside far far away from home and probably going to die is bad for morale.
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Long campaigns will sap the morale of even the most highly trained and professional soldiers.
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Special food or amenities from home they usually would not get. Visits from high commanders or leaders.


...Pay raises

Seeing the enemy being attacked. Show of force by an Air force-or in less modern times- a cavalry charge.
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... what factors can positively and negatively influence the morale of soldiers on the battlefield, modernly or in any historical setting?

Lack of regular food in the field
Lack of medical treatment
Lack of news from home
Lack of 'down time' for the troops
Lack of victories
Lack of respect for their commanders.
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Losing a flag/banner to the enemy during a battle has been a negative factor on morale throughout history(it was considered an almost fatal event and a cause of despair and dishonor)
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If soldiers don't see tangible progress, they will get demoralized over time.
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