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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2021 8:05 p.m. PST

"These five American generals and admirals did things that played with the thin line between cunning and crazy, but they were awesome at their jobs so most everyone looked the other way…"

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Feb 2021 8:08 p.m. PST

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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2021 10:49 p.m. PST

What a silly article.

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Cerdic13 Feb 2021 7:19 a.m. PST

Pah! Amateurs.

You want proper crazy you need to look at British military history…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2021 11:51 a.m. PST



von Schwartz ver 214 Feb 2021 10:36 a.m. PST

Not really too familiar with most of these men except for Custer and "Mad" Anthony Wayne. I do object to the reason the author used to classify Wayne as crazy. He had the men unload their guns before the battle because it supposed to be a "Sneak attack" over rough and uneven terrain in the dark. A man with a loaded musket could easily trip, fall, and his musket discharge accidentally ruining the element of surprise, or simply a trigger happy, nervous, newbie might let off a round.
I have heard other stories of SYW Prussian commanders ordering their men to charge with empty muskets and no one ever accused them of being crazy.

arthur181514 Feb 2021 2:24 p.m. PST

Another example would be Major Charles'No Flint' Grey who ordered his men to remove the flints from their muskets at Paoli to be absolutely sure none would go off by accident and to force them to charge home and do the business with the bayonet as it would be impossible to replace the flints quickly in a close quarter fight.

Archon6415 Feb 2021 9:27 p.m. PST

Were these officers the models for Federation Admirals?

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