reply to post by gwydionblack
gwydion, I'll address at least one element you brought up. If I understand the most elemental of your premise, it's that small groups can be wiped
out by larger groups, and thus, to think about using small groups to fight larger groups would be foolish and a waste of effort.
Do not interpret my disagreement with just being contentious.
One of the most difficult concepts of warfare, proven throughout the millennia, is that numbers mean absolutely nothing. NOTHING.
This is counterintuitive. To succeed in fighting, your intuition must be counterintuitive in substance.
Guerillas don't go for a head shot; they do small flesh wounds - hundreds - and in time - from loss of blood, the larger will grow weak and
eventually bleed out. You can kill an enraged grizzly, Cape Buffalo, or lion with a .22 rifle. Eventually. Hit them with enough shots, regardless
of shot placement, and with enough time they will eventually bleed out.
Nathaniel Greene, Dan Morgan, Francis Marion, Claire Chenault, Chesty Puller, and hundreds and hundreds of others would agree that numbers mean
In SF in Southeast Asia, they enjoyed a 150:1 kill ratio. Think about that for a moment. Even if you count Montagnards who often decided to return
home by the trails they knew, the kill ratio was still 33:1. And this was a primitive tribe who used bows and blowguns. Against heavily armed,
"There is nothing inevitable about a military victory, even for forces of apparently overwhelming strength. The Greeks at Marathon, Alexander
against the Persian Empire, the success of the colonists against the British in the American Revolution, Napolean against the Austrians in Italy . . .
all offer dramatic evidence to the contrary. In the absence of inspired military leadership, the (morally) stronger wears down the weaker."
The reasons our military generals see problems as a function of numbers, is that large numbers will conceal poor generalship.
Large enough numbers will conceal gross incompetence. And our generals are not leaders. They're managers and administrators.
Give me a proven Sergeant over an unproven General any day.
I'm not going to stand in front of a tank. I'll trail it, and when everyone gets out to take a break, or set up for the night, that's when I'll
pick my opportunity.
Fighters? You gotta see me to hit me.
You know those little cheap, bamboo or wicker door mats that roll up? Get one, and when you spray contact cement on one side, you push it sticky side
down in the dirt you're hiding in, pull it over you, and you'll get stepped on before anyone knows you're there.
Guerillas have one thing others don't have. Time.
On my forearm is a tattoo of a spider. I got that upon completing my SF training. It was to be a constant reminder of how I should hunt. Patience
and preparation. And my prey always came to me. In my time. In my place.
Don't worry about the numbers. This isn't a game where you keep score to determine the winner.
[edit on 6-5-2009 by dooper]
[edit on 6-5-2009 by dooper]