When a tree is not a tree




 
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February 25th, 2015  
sandwichery
 
 

Topic: When a tree is not a tree


Found this interesting. The stalemate that kept the forces in the same general area for long periods of time during WWI would have made this possible. Still, it was pretty creative.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#axzz2KCmkArF8
February 25th, 2015  
MontyB
 
 
WW1 always amuses me in some respects because it started very much as a 19th Century war with French in Blue and red uniforms, no one understanding things like helmets and a lot of cavalry, basically it was a 19th century war fought with 20th century weapons.
February 26th, 2015  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Its always been said, senior officers fight the last war.
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February 26th, 2015  
sandwichery
 
 
The more senior military commanders get, the more they tend to fall back on what they've been taught earlier in their careers. It's almost like they've got more to lose so they tend to get more conservative. It's the rare individual who has the personal courage to ignore accepted strategies and tactics and adapt to new situations with new and sometimes seemingly radical ideas.
February 26th, 2015  
BritinAfrica
 
 
British General Haig fought WW1 the same way he fought the Anglo Boer War, troops advancing over open ground the same as they did during the Boer War. He lost thousands of men to Boer riflemen and still never learned his lesson. It was around 1916-1917 that Haig was told to change his tactics as Britain was running out of men.

In many villages and towns around Britain in 1918 the only males were either very old or very young.
February 26th, 2015  
George
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
British General Haig fought WW1 the same way he fought the Anglo Boer War, troops advancing over open ground the same as they did during the Boer War. He lost thousands of men to Boer riflemen and still never learned his lesson. It was around 1916-1917 that Haig was told to change his tactics as Britain was running out of men.

In many villages and towns around Britain in 1918 the only males were either very old or very young.
"Over the top" futile attacks that had no chance of accomplishing anything.
February 26th, 2015  
BritinAfrica
 
 
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"Over the top" futile attacks that had no chance of accomplishing anything.
Like lambs to the slaughter. Haig should have faced a court martial.
February 26th, 2015  
lljadw
 
He was a good general,leading the British army to victory .
February 26th, 2015  
George
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lljadw
He was a good general,leading the British army to victory .
Could have been done with far less casualties. Massive number of lives thrown away
February 26th, 2015  
MontyB
 
 
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Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
Like lambs to the slaughter. Haig should have faced a court martial.
I certainly think Haig showed a somewhat callous disregard for the lives of his troops but then I would level the same accusation at Churchill.

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Originally Posted by lljadw
He was a good general,leading the British army to victory .
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Originally Posted by George
Could have been done with far less casualties. Massive number of lives thrown away
He did lead them to victory but I think it is the casualty lists that damn Haig, he may have been a good general at the beginning of the war but his refusal to adapt to the new conditions of warfare are what make him look bad and extended the casualty lists beyond acceptable.
 


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