In The Soldier's Home, what is Krebs' reaction to reading a history of all battles he has been in?

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Krebs thinks the history book about all the battles he has been in is "the most interesting reading he has ever done.  He wishes there were more he was really learning about the war". 

Krebs' reaction communicates the sense that when a soldier is in battle, he has no concept of the bigger picture.  He can only see the effects immediate to where he is, and know that he is "badly, sickeningly frightened all the time".  Krebs does not even begin to understand what the war entailed until he reads about it later in a book.  It is only then that he starts to realize what a huge phenomenon the war really was, and can begin to feel, perhaps, a small measure of pride for having taken part in it.  As he reads the history book, Krebs thinks, "he had been a good soldier...that made a difference".