In The Dead and Those About to Die, D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach, John C McManus describes the planning, training, decision-making, first wave, subsequent waves, breakout up the cliffs and draws, and establishment of the beachhead a bit inland. Prior to systematic discussion of these, McManus places a Prologue that gives the reader some idea of the first-wave landing from the Higgins boats. It is titled “Shock.”
My library copy came with something extra: a message from a previous reader. It was taped to a page opposite a certain paragraph.
The paragraph is a description of “Condition Black” as described in the cited volume, On Combat.
McManus does not limit his discussions to this, of course; he describes men overcoming this universally-experienced state to go on to do so many astounding things, some of which we know about, some of which we will never know.
The note is important: a guy found a means of expressing himself, of attempting to make himself and his experience understood by generally oblivious countrymen.
I reinforced his taping job to make it harder for a librarian to remove it. I hope it works, as I’ve had it with silencing and with tossing of the patrimony.