After World War II, a Russian journalist described a pivotal moment in the German failure to capture Stalingrad:

An extraordinary change takes place at the turning-point in a battle: a soldier looks round, after apparently gaining his objective, and suddenly finds he has lost sight of his comrades; while the enemy, who had seemed so weak, scattered and stupid, is now united and therefor invincible. A deep change in perception takes place at this mysterious turning-point: a gallant, intelligent ‘We’ becomes a frail, timid ‘I’ while the enemy changes from a hunted, isolated prey to a terrible, threatening ‘Them’. As…

Wayne Haythorn

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