Seasons Greetings from the Great White North! I woke up this morning to a centimeter or two of snow, our first snowfall of the season. We often get snow right around General Conference time (but then it can warm up a little for a few weeks).
Napolean started with his Grande Armee towards Russia with about 500,000 men. The 10,000 that barely survived escaped Russia in early December. So 80,000 Russian losses were not so bad, all things considered. Napolean got his just desserts. (BTW, there's the significant difference between the French and the Germans. The Germans abhor Hitler, the French adore Napolean.) Modern wargamers would of course plan for early, hard and lengthy winters in Canada. Modern equipment would keep survival rates way above Napolean's army. So I don't use an example like Napolean or even Hitler as base scenarios. Look at Afghanistan. Russia got badly pounded but the US crushed the Taliban. Some Russians thought that the US would get a shellacking in Afghanistan and were probably astounded at the speed and ease with which the US toppled the Taliban. They of course were not taking everything into account, particularly two things: 1.) Russia was not supporting the Taliban this time whereas the US did support them in the Russian war. 2.) The US's military is decades ahead of the Russian military both in equipment and in tactics. Russians have always fought wars by attrition. Americans don't like to fight that way and they haven't since WWI. But Russians and others have always underestimated the Americans by supposing that the American public won't accept large numbers of American casualties. They think that Americans are too soft to fight a "real" war. Even if it's true (and it wouldn't be if the US was in true jeopardy), it is irrelevant. The Gulf war, Bosnia and Afhanistan should have shown the world by now just how advanced the US military is. So advanced that they do not need to fight by attrition. Indeed, it would probably be counterproductive for them to do so. How many dead soldiers have been shipped back to the US in this latest Afghan war? ========= Mark Gregson [EMAIL PROTECTED] ========= -- __________________________________________________________ Download the FREE Opera browser at www.opera.com/download/ Free OperaMail at http://www.operamail.com/ Powered by Outblaze ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================