0

My own father saw combat on that frontier of freedom.

Does it mean his father experienced the combat? Or is he just a witness?

2
  • 1
    I think it could mean both
    – Bella Swan
    Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 6:46
  • 1
    Or it could mean either. Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 8:23

1 Answer 1

0

It means he was actively involved in the conflict, as a soldier.

This expression is used to distinguish between soldiers who have "back office" jobs, for example working in planning or logistics, and those who are actually carrying a gun.

It doesn't imply that he actually killed anyone, though that is quite possible for a soldier who saw combat.

Examples:

President Dwight D. Eisenhower never saw combat, but his role as a General and logistical planner was invaluable. On the other hand George H.W. Bush saw combat as a pilot, and John F. Kennedy commanded a torpedo boat.

During World War 2, thousands of women served in the military in support roles, e.g. as nurses, but in Russia some saw combat.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .