By Wilbur D. Jones Jr.

Now not coincidentally, the game of soccer certainly employs phrases often linked to battle, reminiscent of "aerial attack," "blitz," and "trench warfare." in the course of international conflict II, the U. S. army and schools joined forces, fielding aggressive groups to organize males for strive against. The ebook highlights the dep. of the Navy's function in protecting the sport and football's impression on nationwide morale and the struggle attempt via their "Lend-Lease" to schools of officer applicants, together with All-America gamers. It describes wartime collage and army soccer during the globe and lines a foreword via veteran ESPN collage soccer commentator Beano prepare dinner. It includes eighty one pictures and illustrations; listings of faculty and armed forces groups, documents, ratings, mammoth video games, and statistics; participant and crew profiles; and a word list of interval soccer terminology.

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Athletics and competitive sports. Football as a principal mechanism naturally conformed. The Athletic Journal “depicted Japanese soldiers fleeing in terror from a group of uniformed football players. ’”4 What might be the shortest way to win the war? Columbia’s Lou Little, a prominent and eloquent coach, in 1942 answered for the National Collegiate Athletic Association: “‘Play football. Play it hard and intensively with an even more savage will-to-win than in peacetime. ” A year later Little continued rationalizing the push for football.

8 The navy soon recognized this serious condition during screening for preflight schools. 9 Calisthenics and gymnastics alone could not manufacture the ideal pilot or ship officer. S. lives. ”10 The NCAA, the college sports governing organization, in 1942 promoted football’s rigorous competitive tradition to indoctrinate players on the importance of the big picture — warfare, mission, victory — far larger than one man or his team. Mandatory hard drills incorporated a study of the opponent’s strategy and tactics as a field or sea commander would engage the real enemy’s.

He had stamina. He was team-oriented. ” As soon as the public became aware of Leatherneck accomplishments, adding to their lore, players flocked to recruiters,22 Sergeant Philip “Moon” Calabrese, for example. 23 What was the payoff? ” Even the enemy favored American sports. S. soldiers with little military background but grounded in competitive sports had outfought German veterans. S. ”26 Commander (later captain) Thomas J. Hamilton, USN, head of the navy’s preflight and physical training program, Bureau of Aeronautics.

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