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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2021 8:35 p.m. PST

…Asymmetrical Conflicts

"WARS ARE horrifically violent. Bullets shred human bodies, explosions mutilate and rend them and firepower leaves bloody markers on all it touches. At one time, histories and movies about war and battle skipped over much of that violence. Hollywood showed soldiers dying quickly, quietly, and without visible blood or viscera, while historians seem fixated on epic battles and great captains.

Dissatisfied with this state of the field, British historian John Keegan published The Face of Battle in 1976. In it, he argued that traditional battle narratives ignored the human experience of combat and preferred metaphor to realistic description. He lambasted authors who described blocks of undifferentiated soldiers moving, charging, or, in one notorious example, dissolving "like a loosened cliff." Instead, Keegan pioneered a new approach, one that emphasized the individual soldier, as well as his mental, physiological, and moral capacity to withstand the stresses of combat.

To make his point, Keegan surveyed three iconic British battles: Agincourt (1415), Waterloo (1815), and the Somme (1916). In each case, he placed the reader at the soldier's eye level, often via paired combatant types such as archer versus knight, or in­fantry square versus artillery…"
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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2021 4:29 a.m. PST

I would recommend reading Smedley Butler's "War is a Racket" to get the perspective of a Marine who spent much of the interwar period in Central/South America fighting "little wars" for the US

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2021 6:54 a.m. PST

+1 for Fredrick

John the OFM29 Jul 2021 9:35 a.m. PST

Your three allowed quoted paragraphs have zilch to do with your thread title.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2021 7:52 p.m. PST

Thanks.

Armand

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