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Scraping the Barrel – The Military Use of Substandard Manpower, 1860–1960 - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Scraping the Barrel: The Military Use of Substandard Manpower, 1860–1960

Sanders Marble


This book looks at the boundary of military history and disability history. Rather than looking at veterans, it looks at case studies of how armies have defined standard and substandard, and have utilized ‘substandard’ personnel. Standard has both physical and cultural components; both change depending on the period and the nation, and change during wars as manpower becomes scarce. The book takes case studies ranging from the American Civil War through the Vietnam War from the US, Britain, France, Germany, and the USSR.

Keywords: Military history, Disability history, American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823239771
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanders Marble, editor
U.S. Army Medical Command