bob sykes: You still need trains, trucks and planes to supply troops. NATO could not intervene in Kosovo until the US supplied the transport. NATO would not be able to engage Russian troops unless Russia managed to get fairly deep into NATO territory.
Adar: Unconditional surrender types of victory as was the case in WW2 are not the norm. Most conflicts are settled by negotiation.
Toddy Cat: “recent experiments in the laboratory of real war substantiates the view that the paralytic effects of firepower erode quickly over time” WWI would seem to confirm this. Soldiers at Verdun, the Somme and the Argonne came to treat as “normal” a level of shelling and danger that would have stunned their civilian selves. C.S. Lewis mentioned that he was “awed” when he first heard the sound of the guns in WWI, but he soon got used to it.
Ross: Just did the whole book. Epic story. Tragic, heroic, funny, important. An unabashed yet clear-eyed panegyric, author Robert Coram created a page-turner out of a military biography in which there is almost no actual combat. Fascinating.
Handle: “The ability to see and strike deep using ground and aerial platforms served to expand the battlefield by orders of magnitude. What was once a theater area for a field army now became the area of operations for a division or a corps.” Take a look at a order-of-battle map of the fronts at Normandy even a few months after D-Day. Division after division crammed next to each other. Walls made of men. It’s amazing. “Thus, in a conflict involving two roughly equal — or...
Lucklucky: Ah, the newspaper that wants to murder “skeptics”.
Adar: The movie “Enemy at the Gates” portrayed Zaitsev the great Soviet sniper as a hero. Michael Moore had no problem with Zaitsev.
Bill: Critical thinking? Ability to innovate? Bah. Do you LOOK competent, that’s the question. “What really distinguishes CEOs from the rest of us, for instance? In 2010, three professors at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business asked roughly 2,000 people to look at a long series of photos. Some showed CEOs and some showed nonexecutives, and the participants didn’t know who was who. The participants were asked to rate the subjects according to how “competent” they looked. Among the study’s...
Bob Sykes: If it is an actual achievement test, then it shouldn’t be measuring g, and there is no problem with the CLA.
Toddy Cat: You’re right. Here’s what La Wik has to say: “Because Manchester referred to himself as a sergeant in the book, in command of a “line” unit, readers would have no way of knowing that he was a corporal, and did not serve with a line company or assault platoon, but served as a map keeper and runner at battalion headquarters. The book is part fiction, part memoir” First Marshall, now this. Didn’t makes you wonder what else we think we know about WWII was...