"WWII & the G.I." Topic
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|ScottWashburn ||06 Dec 2018 5:05 a.m. PST|
And this is true for all the armies, not just the US GI.
|farnox||06 Dec 2018 12:34 p.m. PST|
Armor gets all the glory but it was the grunts that did most of the fighting.
| Mserafin ||06 Dec 2018 4:25 p.m. PST|
"You can keep your planes, your tanks, your atom bombs. You'll still have to have some little guy with a rifle weasel the other bastard out of his foxhole and get him to sign the peace treaty"
Attributed to Patton, but I'm not sure the wording is exactly right.
| Narratio ||08 Dec 2018 6:42 a.m. PST|
RAH wrote something similar. You shell it, fly over and bomb it, launch rockets at it but you won't own it until you stand a skinny 19 year old with a rifle on top of it.
| Sgt Slag ||10 Dec 2018 11:09 a.m. PST|
Air power, and armor, shorten the war. If it were entirely infantrymen fighting…
Nuclear weapons have the potential to end the war, remotely -- God save us from ourselves… The nuclear winter would likely kill 90% of the "victor's" population, so it would be a pyrrhic victory, at best.
Launch enough surgically precise drones, and you might be able to solicit surrender prior to sending in the skinny 19-year-old Infantryman, to stand atop the hill, with a rifle.
The poll seems too simplistic, to me. I voted, "Other".