The nature of armies

“Drums Of Autumn (Outlander, Book 4)” by Diana Gabaldon –

““Ye’ll maybe know the sort of man is decent enough on his own, but get him wi’ others like him, and they might as well be wolves?” “Bit hard on the wolves,” I said, smiling. “Think of Rollo. But yes, I know what you mean.” “Pigs, then. But beasts, when they’re together. There’s no lack of such men in any army; it’s why armies work—men will do terrible things in a mob, that they wouldna dream of on their own.””

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