Thousand-yard stare

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  1. Timppa

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    Not related only to WW2.

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    The thousand-yard stare or two-thousand-yard stare is a phrase coined to describe the limp, blank, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary soldier. A characteristic of shell shock, the despondent stare reflects dissociation from trauma.



    From Eugene Sledge's "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa.":
     

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    The US Marine, taken during the battle for Hue in 1968, fourth image, third row, is one of the great British photographer Don McCullin's best known images. He talked about it in the documentary film 'McCullin' made about him and his career.
    Highly recommended viewing, available on Netflix.
    Cheers
    Steve
     
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    It shocked me seeing the 9-11 footage from the twin towers, some of the firefighters had that look, as if they had aged 20 years in a day.
     
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    #4 Mobius, Dec 7, 2014
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    Hey! that first picture of 2nd Div. Marine is my uncle Bill. He was just tired after returning to the ship from being on the island battle for a number of days.
     
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    That's what I looked like after my first year as a father; the combination of lack of sleep and having to study for work just turned me into a zombie...
     
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    A DISLIKE?! Man, some people have no sense of humour...
     
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    Tom Lea's famous 1944 portrait from Peleliu,
    Marines Call It That 2,000 Yard Stare, first published in a 1945 issue of LIFE magazine.
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    Yeh Stug, thats the painting that pretty much sums it up. I had Tom Lea's Fighter Pilot as my background for a long time.
     
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