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Originally posted by withopeneyes
Yes. I said it. Strong words. But I believe it.
Now before you call me a moron hear me out.
The current US military boasts many incredible weapons, highly trained personnel, and technologies we can only guess at. I say guess at because I believe that for every one thing we know about there are several things we don't. A formidable force for certain.
Now let's look back to fairly modern history. WWll. The US and her allies won the war in both the Atlantic & Pacific theaters. It was a hard fought, bloody war which was won by determination, courage, intelligence, and outstanding leadership.
WWll. There were no satellites. There was no radar or sonar for most of the war. There were no smart weapons. No Internet. In WWll the forces basically had to guess what their opposition was doing, where they were, where they were going. It was much like chess. Often times the smarter commander won.
Then - A reconnaissance plane was high technology. It was an aircraft sent aloft to try - underline TRY - to locate the enemies position. Remember the aircraft had no radar.
Then - Naval vessels had watch towers manned by personnel with binoculars. That was how they located enemy vessels. Unless a submarine was at periscope depth and an eagle eye scout managed to see the tiny wake created by a periscope, that submarine was not known to be there. The whereabouts of entire formations of enemy warships would go unknown for days at a time.
Then - Scouts leaving minute clues of what the enemy is doing for the men following up the rear. If they were lucky they had a two way radio, but that was not always the case. Battles being fought by men vs men, sometimes in hand to hand combat. Every shot had to count.
Then - A dogfight was a battle of reflexes and nerves. The better pilot won. Obviously the type of aircraft made a difference, but there were no guidance systems. A Bombing raid had bombers in the air with a bombadier looking through a scope to try and drop the payload on a target. Cloud cover would basically make them drop bombs blindly.
I am in NO WAY bashing todays military. I am in NO WAY saying they are soft. I know they are tough. I know they are dedicated. I know they are formidable. I am pro military. I am a vet.
I am simply saying that todays forces are too reliant on technology. If the power went out I'm not so sure that the majority of personnel would be able to win against yesterdays personnel.
Originally posted by apacheman
I think you miss a huge point.
What defeated Germany was being out-produced and out-supplied. When you're out of gas and ammo, it doesn't matter how good you are: as a soldier you're ineffective. Pretty much the same with Japan, but that victory was aided by outmoded military thinking on the part of the Japanese.
Originally posted by Signals
Now: 1,000's of nukes on hand, we would have nuked much sooner to end it.