Originally posted by GAOTU789
reply to post by daaskapital
I know what he said but generally, when you talk about a country falling, the city that is most important is the capital no?
And I suppose we should be calling it Istanbul.
Actually it depends on the country and those fighting the war, and the circumstances.
For example, the American war of 1812, Washington was captured and burned by the British, yet the Americans kept fighting on (which I'm sure the
British found rude as that was pretty much the end game rule for war back then: capture the country's capital city and it's game over).
More modern warfare, it's more about removing the country's infrastructure and ability to make war, and the military's ability to fight.
For example in WW2, if the allies had some how "captured" Berlin and controlled it very early in the war, it would not have automatically ended the
war with Germany, not with the rest of the country still having the ability to make munitions and with an intact army.
Berlin was eventually "captured" by the USSR finally, but only after the rest of the country had been bombed and invaded by the allies, removing
Germany's ability to continue fighting a war at all.
Sometimes a country will "cheat" and move it's capital. The civil war here in the US saw that. The southern confederate states had their capital in
Montgomery, Alabama. But then was moved to Richmond, Virginia. Later in the war, and as the northern Union forces drew near Richmond, the southern
states had planned to move the capital again, however it wasn't enacted up before General Lee surrendered to Union forces and ended the war.
Leave no doubt, if Washington were to suddenly be "captured" by enemy forces today, while being demoralizing, it wouldn't stop Americans from
fighting (other people in the world see us as stupid, arrogant and fat. In reality what we really are is stubborn and pissed off, heh). I think it
would have been the same for the Soviets if Germany had actually be able to capture Moscow in WW2. It would have be demoralizing, but I imagine they
would not have surrendered to the Germans even then.
So capturing a capital may or may not lead to a country's fall. There are other things with modern warfare that contribute to that.
Unlike how it was a long time ago where the capture of a capital was considered the checkmate move.