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: http://chicagoboyz.net/a rchives/21350.html
Joseph Moroco: It would 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.
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.
AAB: Here is a graph that shows the UK Defence budget as a percent of GDP 1700–2014. Most of the time it’s less than 10%, only peaking during wartime, maxing out during WW1 and WW2 (~40% and ~45% respectively). Evidently spending more than 10% of GDP on defence isn’t sustainable over a long period of time (in a market-based economy at least). The chart was sourced from here, where you can find other data on UK government spending circa 1692–2014.
Scipio Americanus: This was before they started noticing that the interaction of the very high velocity rifle round with the surrounding tissues frequently caused an almost explosive amount of damage inside the body. At the time this was written they had experience only with relatively low velocity rounds, for which cross-sectional area was indeed the most important factor. Cue more than a decade of everyone accusing everyone else of using explosive ammo, right up into WWI. Took a while to figure out...
RL: Cf. the oft-cited factoid that 92% of NRA members support “universal background checks.” That the factual premise is obviously false isn’t the point.