Max: “Ha ha, look at how stupid religious people are for giving 10% of their income to churches! By the way, you should give 10% of your income to my church.”
Cassander: Also, Bert, the Marine’s relied heavily on machine guns compared to riflemen. Grossman points out how machine gunners, firing crew-served weapons, did not fire to miss the way riflemen did, and this likely greatly added to effective Marine fire compared to Japanese.
Bert E.: Involuntary reaction to fear. Evacuate the bowels and the bladder. Good idea, makes it easier for you run either toward or away from the danger.
Bert E.: Marine Four Square system from WW2. Two companies of a battalion forward and in contact, two in reserve. Then two to three days of continual combat, and the reserves move forward, while the units in contact move to the rear. Repeat that process over and over, continuous rotation of fresh troops with exhausted components.
David Foster: I’ll put in a plug for Remarque’s later novel, The Road Back — not a war story, exactly, but a post-war story with occasional flashbacks. I reviewed it here.
Joseph Moroco: It would be nice to see Max argue the premise as to why we have to be in any of these places at all. If we leave Afghanistan, it’s going to fall apart, but so what? They are not going to cross the oceans with an invasion force and attack us. Getting involved with Libya was dopey. Any terrorists they might send will get in only because the government lets them in.
Slovenian Guest: And I recommend the Men of Yore posts by AAB: “A series about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form. Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it’s their nature: to grow and push outwards.” Almost a hundred are featured already, such as… Men of Yore Adrian Carton de Wiart Men of Yore John Blashford-Snell Men of Yore Hesketh...
Scipio Americanus: It absolutely is a legitimate concern. At certain angles, ranges, and velocities, the bullet goes clean through like a sewing needle without causing massive internal trauma. There are a large number of physical characteristics in the interaction between bullet and target that determine this, such that the resultant pattern might as well be random. In one case, several rounds can pass through the target’s chest cavity without stopping them (immediately, anyway), while in another...
Isegoria: It was a legitimate concern, that small, high-velocity bullets left a small, clean hole.