ONLY 15% OF FRONTLINE TROOPS EVER FIRED THEIR WEAPONS A longish item on this programme this afternoon , saying official WW2 US Army historian maintained only 15% ever fired their weapons . What do you think ? VIOLENCE SLA Marshall, official US Army historian in the Second World War found that amongst frontline troops only fifteen per cent ever actually shot their weapons. A recent study claims that even when soldiers do fire their weapons they are so overcome with fear and tension that they are likely to fire wildly or miss. Laurie Taylor is joined by American Sociologist, Professor Randall Collins, author of Violence A Micro-Sociological Theory, to debate the rituals and micro-dynamics of violence and his contention that humans are biologically restrained from committing violent acts against each other. You should still be able to listen to this .