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Why do you think that? Oh probably because your unable to debate with any real level of maturity, someone proves you wrong, just act like an ass. Guess wisdom DOESNT come with age.WW2 wasn't just a war of production. We inducted 18 million Americans into uniform, I think we played a role in combat operations, not just make lend-lease material. I'm not expert on Reagan and unlike you I'm not going to pretend I know more than I do. Yes he out spent the Soviets but whether the credit is his, or if the Cold War even ended is a matter of debate. Putin doesn't seem like a friend to me, no more like a Joseph Stalin. No all I'm gonna tell you since you have all the answers is battles are won by putting steal on target and that victory tends to fly with side the fires the first salvo, and a second and third salvo never hurt the cause. Try to stay on topic if you want to respond, I honestly don't care about your personnel views, your problems are just that, yours, so stick to the subject and let's chat.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Seduced by success
And you don't see that WW2 wasn't battalion vs. battalion, it was a clash of systems. The Nazis couldn't even cross the channel whereas the US supplied a war effort on multiple continents. Then the Russians, close to 200 Wehrmacht divisions faced the Red Army from June 1941, to March 1945. Many don't know however, that Hitler, OKH, had a terrible habit of forming new divisions while other "divisions" could must've no more than a few hundred men and a handful of tanks. Then don't forget, the United States allowed the Red Army to become mechanized so they could exploit their battlefield success. That means we gave them trucks, tens of thousands. The Katushya rocket launcher was mounted on a GMC, those trucks and half-tracks allowed their infantry to follow their tanks so that the Panzers couldn't seal off a Russian breakthrough. Also, our lend lease aid allowed Russian factories to concentrate on several superb models of tanks. Now Normandy, German Wehrmacht and SS divisions suffered much much higher rates of attrition than they did fighting the Russians. I quote a Canadian near Caen after a SS counter attack, "they came at is like we were fucking Russians, and we murdered them for it." I'm gonna recommend some reading for you, "Panzer Leader" by Heinz Guderian, the Liberation trilogy by Rick Atkinson, and "Panzerkreig" by Peter Mcarthy. The US was part of a coalition yes you are right, but without American power, material, and life, that war would've ended very differently. I do concede that the decisive battle for Germany was in the east, and they should've tried holding the Allies at the Rhine instead of starting the battle of the bulge which was Germany's last breathe if you will.
Also note how General officers don't get fired, just retired? In WW2, we would cashier quite a few Generals and send them home in disgrace. We were an Army that had to learn how to hate, to be cold blooded, to win a global war of annihilation. We can to it again, but I fear a lot of our guys are gonna die before we get our act together.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Seduced by success
Thank you! I see our leadership in the Pentagon thinking in similar ways that French Generals did before WW2. All their plans rested on the Maginot Line, and when the Germans did the unexpected, they could adapt quickly enough, and the French Army was destroyed in detail. It's as if we expect the enemy to COOPERATE with our plans against them. I agree, great article.
Its true, we basically expect success. So your DI, when did he enlist? He can prove the articles point if he was post Vietnam. Is it likely? No. We somehow think that just because we are Americans, we can whip our weight in wild cats. How about asking your DI this, what if WE are attacked? Too much assuming we will have the strategic initiative. Even in WW2, the US Army that considered itself the best attacking force in the world, fought its best battles defensively and proved to be sloppy in the forest like at the Hurtgenwald, or our failure to close the Falaise pocket, the bulge, or the colmar pocket. Iraq and Afghanistan never had enemy forces able to coordinate movements above brigade level, that's including desert storm. I doubt the Chinese will convos fly line up for us and go along with out neat timetables. We are far, far from being invulnerable, the old Gods deplore Hubris.
That's wasn't the point. The point was, above company level no US units were in any real danger, say of being overrun or surrounded by a pincer movement. Also, the Germans panzer divisions were untested when they conquered Europe, they trained for the next war, while the Allies prepared to fight WW1 2.0. The Chinese and the Russians are shaping their formations in such a way, they are introducing realistic training, and they are preparing to fight US forces and how to not play into our strengths. You completely missed the point.