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Thank you for your mention of Beersheba. It was a combine attack by both Australian and New Zealand Light Horse Regiments, mostly being Australian. Not to many Brits were there. Although the ANZAC's were apart of the Commonwealth Imperial Forces, they were never British. It was the last victorious mounted massed charge in history. Your welcome.
Wasn't decimation a Roman punishment for its army? As in 1 in every 10 where beat to death by their comrades? You keep on saying the "Roman's where decimated" but they weren't! They didn't even have a reason to decimate. Stop saying decimate!! lol
Another one for the Battle of beersheba is how they faked getting the "plans of the attack" into the hands of the turks
Or at gallipoli how the Anzacs fooled the turks into thinking they were still there but had evacuated.
The fake trees used during WW1 were not used for spying, they were used by snipers. French, German, British, and eventually American snipers all used fake trees and treestumps for sniper positions. The Germans had alot of fake trees because their snipers knew not to stay in one spot for very long and they would move around all the time from tree or treestump to a different tree or treestump.
Battle won by the British? Nope. Do your homework boyo. After many a failed attempt the Australian light horse liberated the city. It was to go down in history as the last Calvary charge, and a resounding success to boot.
If I'm not mistaken, the Zhuge Liang empty fort strategy is only an event described int he Romance of the Three Kingdoms but his not historically correct. The tales in Romance of the Three Kingdoms are often exaggerated or even fictional. There is a lot of flaws to this story, and this is even mentioned on the wikipedia article of this subject. In short, 1) Sima Yi could have sent scouts to check the city out (like any half-competent General would), 2) Sima Yi was close enough to see Zhuge Liang's actions in detail, which meant that they were close enough to shoot Zhuge Liang with an arrow, and 3) with such overwhelming armies, they could have surrounded the fort and let Zhuge Liang's army starve. It was also mentioned that Sima Yi wasn't even in that region at the time, so although the 32nd of the 36 stratagems may sound mind-blowing, in this case it never actually happened.
4:00 like right after, the guy in the front half swings his sword and then kicks the other guy....um can we say really bad acting esp if those two are the focus of begging if that scene. Idk im being mad picky! Lol
5:40 ... a "Captain K" bluffs his way to victory while in unknown territory against superior forces by pretending to have power at his command that does not, in fact, exist ...
Star Trek TOS, "The Corbomite Maneuver" (personal favorite episode!) ("If I jumped every time a light came on around this place, I'd wind up talkin' to myself ..." -- Leonard McCoy, to himself. LOL)
4:24 The Legions were "decimated"? 1 in 10 were selected for execution at their fellow legionnaires hands as punishment by Rome?...Obliterated would've been a better word choice, as decimation in Ancient Rome means a very different thing than losing a battle terribly to an enemy foe.
Very interesting video, most of these tactics I never heard of before. I was expecting to see the Ghost Army of WWII and the fake Paris built during WWI to fool German Bombers, but I believe those tactics are more well known than the ones featured in this video.
What about operation mincemeat and "Major Martin"? In 1943 the Allies were poised to invade Sicily before launching an invasion on the Italian mainland. There was however one problem... the Italians and Germans had pre-empted the invasion (as Churchill had stated "anyone but a damn fool could see we'll land in Sicily".
This guy once did a rather critizising video on Erdogan. While using an laughably incorrect map of Turkey. This isn't a mistake he should live down before probably recognizing the mistake, and retracting the video. Until he does, keep in mind that he has little to no credibility.
Barbed wire is not to be underrated as a weapon of war. One of the grimmest songs of the war is "Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire".
In my first novel, *_The Christmas Mutiny,_* my favorite scene to read at public appearances is a passage in which soldiers go out in the dark of night to string fresh wire in perfect silence, lest the enemy open fire on them. What they dread most is encountering an enemy patrol doing the same thing, and having to fight them silently with bayonets.
When they realize men are nearby, they carefully move away. The scene ends, _"They had strung enough barbed wire for one night."_
It's bad enough when the colloquial use of decimated is used (in place of annihilated) but super bad when its used with regard to Roman Legions. Decimation, the process of killing 1/10th (hence the Deca part) of the legion as an ultimate punishment for cowardice. Colloquially the word has come to be synonymous with annihilation (which is technically incorrect) and whatever, but when it comes to literal Roman Legions... don't make this error.
You say decimated, but it means to lose a 10th of a whole or specially 10%, but the casualties were clearly much more. So, when you say the roman legions were decimated, you are giving a false impression. Just use another more accurate word like: destroyed, or defeated or annihilated. Those will work better for the material.
this makes me think of that thing that I heard about or I saw a video of where an army defending a castle was running low on arrows so they made a bunch of soldiers out of straw and lowered them down to the outside of the castle and when the enemy's fired all their arrows at the soldiers they would pull them up and take the arrows out of the straw dummies and use those to defend the castle.
Gotta say that the romans weren't afraid of trees. They just didn't like walking through forests in enemy territory, because their entire combat style relied on using open fields. Their formations were useless in a forest and therefore they were often decimated in forests. What happened in the Dacian forests also happened in the Germanian forests. Also, the use of decimated is quite funny in conjunction with the Romans, since Roman decimation was a punishment dealt to the troops if some of the troops fled the battle. Instead of killing the culprits themselves, the Romans took out every 10th soldier, innocent or not, and then his fellow soldiers had to kill him by throwing rocks on him. Seems stupid, but it was highly effective as it often meant that the real culprits was forced to look into the eyes of a fellow, but innocent comrade and kill him. Psychologically speaking, the soldiers would be mentally scarred for life and they wouldn't dare to flee a battle again.
But great video none the less! :)
I got this Monty Python-like image of hundreds of fake tree stumps (from both sides) running chaotically around No Man's Land, tripping over and running into one another without any of them realizing that the others are phony.
That's how wars should be fought.
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