The Things They Carry

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Tim O’Brien wrote a terrific novel based on lists of items soldiers carried in Vietnam.  Tom Ricks passes along a list of items Afghanistan vets recommend soldiers bring when they deploy.

I’m struck by three things: 1) it sure seems to this citizen like the military ought to be providing a lot of this; 2) did soldiers in WWII bring this many comfort items along?; 3) how in the world do they pack all that?

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