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Old 10-10-2017, 02:36 PM   #15
Paul Parnitzke
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Default Those were some lessons learned, true enough.

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Originally Posted by BurntBulb View Post
Read an article while back that said, since 1968 the automobile has killed more people in America than ALL of America's wars combined.
That shocked me! So I checked it out, and it's true.



Actually we pretty much have learned some very important lessons.
The problem of military history and tactics comes from the old Napoleonic order of battle that dominated Western warfare, up to the end of WW1.
It started to fall apart with the American Civil war, with the advent of better and more deadly arms, then completely collapsed at the end of WW1, with the rapid mobility of the airplane and the tank.
It is the 1st lesson taught in an applied military history course.
The 2nd lesson is the psychology of war...but that's a different lesson, only obliquely important.
But, not nearly the most important ones.
Which are what?
Not playing when it doesn't make sense.
War for whom or for who's best interests?
Usually, not ever for those doing the actual fighting and dying.
That is what is most sad, as that lesson never gets learned or even when it's so often repeated!
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