Slow learners




 
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January 9th, 2010  
koalaburger
 
 

Topic: Slow learners


Some events in wars keep being repeated with nothing learnt or changed. The ones I am thinking of are:

1. How many times did the germans have to invade through the Ardenne before the allies realised it was possible.

2. The bombing of Stalingrad, Monte Cassino Monastery and Caen after D Day showed that all that was achieved was to give excellent cover for streetfighting defenders and to block streets to vehicles. They still continued doing it.

Any additions welcome.
January 9th, 2010  
MontyB
 
 
How about, the bombing of civilian populations does little more than harden their resolve to fight on.
January 9th, 2010  
Wallabies
 
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How about, the bombing of civilian populations does little more than harden their resolve to fight on.
Like Spain?
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January 13th, 2010  
Yin717
 
 
The fact that ignoring what a country is doing in a military way doesn't mean it goes away. This is still the case in the modern day with some countries.
January 19th, 2010  
Code Scarlet
 
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Originally Posted by MontyB
How about, the bombing of civilian populations does little more than harden their resolve to fight on.
The Poles were massively scared after German Aircraft destroyed parts of Warsaw in 1939.

Also I'm sure the Maginot Line was to be extended to cover the Belgian border but the world was having quite a depression there so the French Republic lacked the funds to extend it.
January 28th, 2010  
FourDeuce
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MontyB
How about, the bombing of civilian populations does little more than harden their resolve to fight on.
Like Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
January 29th, 2010  
LeEnfield
 
 
It is the civilians that make the weapons of war, with out them the war grinds to halt. Area bombing made sure you destroyed as much as possible of the enemies capability to carry on fighting
January 30th, 2010  
MontyB
 
 
And where did that philosophy work?
January 31st, 2010  
LeEnfield
 
 
Bombing had reduced the German out put to a trickle
January 31st, 2010  
MontyB
 
 
Really then explain why German AFV production went from around 500 in 1939 to almost 19000 in 1944 and aircraft production went from 2000 in 1939 to 35000 in 1944?
 


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