Imagine being a soldier, far from home, never knowing when your life could be over, watching your friends maimed, wounded, or killed in battle. The mental war in a soldier’s mind is probably more brutal than what he/she sees around them. What about during peacetime? Isn’t the depression and homesickness still a problem? One German admiral, apparently ahead of his time in the 1930’s looks for a way to keep morale high while serving long tours at sea. The determination? Dancing and food would help keep these men on an even keel. Three naval officers were to run a trial, to see how true this was. <b>Tango Boat Dancers</b> by Charles Frankhauser follows these officers as they study dancing and while discussing food from home. Would this fight off depression and homesickness? Were they going about their “studies” correctly? Would this become something larger than they could have imagined?
I honestly enjoyed this short read, which was narrated by the young German U-Boat officer who headed the trials. There was the sense that these officers learned as much about themselves as they did about the “dancing and food” therapy. The presentation was good and, while not riveting, was certainly easy to follow!