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Comment 26 May 2016

Of course, the slimy fuck didn't even have the balls to tell his team of losers in person, either.

Comment 18 May 2016

Art Briles is a scumbag 'Southerner' 

...What does where he's from have to do with anything, exactly? 

Comment 16 May 2016

Well, Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo is due to a lot of factors: his troops were not of very good quality, to start.  In 1815, he had few long standing veterans, some vets of 1813-14, and a lot of young, enthusiastic volunteers.  His commanders were not the best- many of his marshals decided to sit out the Hundred Days, and the two best who came along- Davout and Murat, weren't anywhere near the army.  As we'll see when we get to the Hundred Days, the Prussians recovered much more quickly from their defeat at Ligny than he expected. 

To be honest,a lot of the tactics the British used in the era were things that Frederick the Great or Daun would have recognized as perfectly normal- linear formation, a concentration of rapid, disciplined fire, the use of double lines, and the army organization.  The use of reverse slopes were known, but not as common on the battlefield before this.  As far as the British were concerned, rifle regiments and light companies weren't all that new, either- they started introducing them in the 1770s because of their experience in America and India.  Also, Napoleon had defeated these sorts of tactics before, too.  

Waterloo just wasn't his day.  Of course, even if it had been, it probably wouldn't have mattered much.

Comment 15 May 2016

The Iron Duke didn't make up his tactics for Waterloo on the spot,t hat's for sure.  And, as I'm sure you've surmised, a lot of Wellington's battles are going to look a lot like Waterloo.  I mean, if it works, why change?

Comment 15 May 2016

While I haven't seen the movie, my understanding is that the Light Brigade's Charge was a result of severe miscommunication, intelligence failures, some good old fashions goof-ups, and similar issues.  They may have altered some things for the movie- it's not uncommon to make someone out to be the "bad guy" when they just made a mistake or have mitigating factors for the sake of a story.  So, I suspect it's overall correct, but details may have been exaggerated or left out to give you characters, or simplify events, or there may be composite characters, too.  

A classic example of this is in Zulu- the Sergeant Major in the movie is a stereotype straight out of Central Casting.  The real SM at Roarke's Drift was the youngest in the army, clean shaven and something less of a personality.

Comment 15 May 2016

It was a very important war- for a lot of reasons that don't quite fit into the series, unfortunately.  It also had a serious impact in Latin America, unsurprisingly, and on how popular revolts work in the modern era, too.

Comment 15 May 2016

Things really are getting started.  Truthfully, there's so much on the Peninsula that I can't cover it all- I'm mostly focusing on Wellington's campaigns just to have some order.  But the disorganized nature of the Spanish resistance to the French made it an all over the place affair.  

On another note, glad you like it!

Comment 02 May 2016

I think a lot of the blame/praise can go a few directions.  Lannes, for one, for holding his ground and pinning the Russians in place, allowing everyone to rush to his aid.  Napoleon did a good job of indentifying the weak point in the Russian formation.  But, I think Benningsen is rather the goat, either for not moving fast enough to crush Lannes, and wasting the afternoon not withdrawing once he realized Lannes was getting lots of reinforcement- once his concept of the battle (Beat up on a detachment on the French army) went out the window, he should have stuck Bagration out front and pulled back over the bridges to the other side of the Alle.

Comment 01 May 2016

Depends on how you want to define it, I think.  The 1812 campaign, for example, is a rather skillful execution of a strategic plan, in my book.  (The French actually outnumbered the Russians when they crossed the Neiman.)  And the Red Army in 1944-45, while it had a numeric advantage on the Germans, also had an excellent operational and tactical system that it ran very well.  Now, both of those armies also were very accepting of casualties, too- but, Russian military thought has always embraced their large population as a strategic asset to be used properly.

Comment 25 Apr 2016

It's a lesser known battle, for sure.  The charge is rather impressive- we'll see a few more big ones before Napoleon's done, too. (Waterloo comes to mind)  I can't imagine what 11,000 horses at the gallop even sounds like.  Of course, there's also the 20,000 Winged Hussars at Vienna, for an awesome looking charge.