Definition of battle fatigue in US English:

battle fatigue


  • another term for shell shock
    • ‘He remembers a soldier doing ‘something heavenly’ and putting an arm round him, but otherwise the Army was unsympathetic to battle fatigue.’
    • ‘There is undoubtedly widespread weariness and battle fatigue among troops in units like the Third Infantry.’
    • ‘Call it battle fatigue, combat trauma, or the stress of being the hunted instead of being the hunter in a hostile terrain.’
    • ‘The pilots in the briefing theater stood hastily, all battle fatigue now gone.’
    • ‘Exhaustion and battle fatigue is no match for the piercing sound of an arriving local.’
    • ‘Over 15,500 have been seriously injured and it is estimated that over 50,000 will suffer from battle fatigue.’
    • ‘In August 1943, while commanding the Seventh Army, Patton encountered two privates suffering from battle fatigue.’
    • ‘PTSD, once referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue, was first brought to public attention by war veterans, but it can result from any number of traumatic incidents.’
    • ‘But Pyle was obsessed by the stories he could not tell, especially when the censor quashed his column on battle fatigue.’
    • ‘He stopped himself, disturbed at how battle fatigue seemed to be affecting him.’
    • ‘And the second world war came along and the very same combat condition was called battle fatigue.’
    • ‘A manual in 1960 urged people to understand that breakdowns were no more manageable than shell shock or battle fatigue.’
    • ‘This is the book we need to understand it, to struggle through the battle fatigue and to keep going.’
    • ‘I remember another German soldier who came in like jelly and just collapsed on the floor with battle fatigue.’
    • ‘A case in point was the famous episode in which Gen. George Patton slapped a soldier suffering from battle fatigue.’
    • ‘They were recognized in the Civil War; in World War I it was called shell shock; in World War II, battle fatigue.’
    • ‘The proponents lobbied hard for veterans to receive specialised medical care under the new diagnosis, which became the successor to the older diagnoses of battle fatigue and war neurosis.’
    • ‘Burnout, a disabling exhaustion similar to battle fatigue, is associated with prolonged working hours under stressful conditions.’
    • ‘The reasons for the few battle fatigue casualties included the sporadic nature of fighting and our air and artillery superiority.’
    • ‘I think one of the key factors really, which explains why they succeeded this time around was in fact that the GAM forces were experiencing quite a degree of battle fatigue.’


battle fatigue

/ˈbadl fəˈtēɡ//ˈbædl fəˈtiɡ/