The only certain thing was that it was well-known that low morale was having a serious effect on military operations -- an effect that was most visible in the growing incidents of fragging.
Fragging is a very specific type of friendly fire, except it's not exactly unintentional. It's a term that originated during the Vietnam War when officers were known to attack and sometimes kill each other and their superiors by using fragmentation grenades.
The number of fragging incidents during the Vietnam War still remains uncertain, but author George Lepre's new book, Fragging: Why US Soldiers Assaulted Their Officers in Vietnam, is the first in-depth study of the practice and its origins. He spoke with New America Now Host Shirin Sadeghi.
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