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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

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David, what's that business in the very end, "Our's is North" imply/mean?

Yes I get that the nice Mr. Colonel is Oirish.

JK, the speech was made in Kuwait so I suppose it means that the next move is northwards into Iraq.

Thanks David.

I'd supposed the troop had to catch a train or something.

The recent TV series Sword, Musket and Machine Gun, presented by Sam Willis demonstrated very clearly how weapon development dictated military tactics, although they were usually slow to catch up. Incidentally, for many oldies, Oh, What a Lovely War was as influential as Blackadder in shaping their view of WW1.

Thanks, Mike, and how did I miss that series - and where was 'SoD', the master war-gamer, when he was needed to help his dear, old Dad?

Alas, this came too late and the technology was above the competence of the day. Also, there was no time to work out sensible tank/infantry tactics.

Far be it for me to disagree on matters army with a Corporal [Substantive] of Paras but I would point you to Sir John Monash of the 1st AIF and the battle of Hamel [4 July 18] which was all over in ninety-three minutes. Military historians have acclaimed it as 'the first modern battle', 'the perfect battle'. 'A war-winning combination had been found: a corps commander of genius [Monash], the Australian infantry, the Tank Corps, the Royal Artillery and the RAF'.

Thanks for that, AussieD, and well done to Gen. Monash for thinking rather than just 'cracking on'! However, two things occur to me. Why, prior to 1918, did the British High Command keep on attacking, and attacking and then attacking some more despite the evidence of the casualty lists and the miniscule gains made on the ground? Secondly, why did (most of) the British Generals forget the lessons learned over the next 20 years, including the cavalry commanders who insisted on giving up on all those messy tanks and returning to the horse?

Duffers your two questions are most pertinent. The second probably the most important seeing it was two Brits who came up with the concept of what became Blitzkreig only to be ignored by the top brass.

Iraq is not a better place and the North of Ireland may need the Colonel if the ROI plays the EU game.

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