User:A D Monroe III
Hi. I'm an average (few edits per week) Wikipedian.
My profession is disk storage and software. My primary hobby is military history, specializing in how militaries change through history. My pet peeve is how little technology has to do with this, despite what most professional historians have to say about this. My secondary hobbies are games, science fiction, anthropology, technical writing and writing in general.
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- Maneuver warfare -- This is disjointed, confusing and inaccurate.
- Infantry -- Just generally poor
- Merge Guerrilla warfare and Irregular warfare
- Early modern warfare, especially the section Begin of polygonal fortifications
- Frontal assault -- short and incomplete
Here are my favorite quotations on military history:
Lo, the enemy had stationed them in battle array, concealed northwest of the city of Kadesh. They came forth from the southern side of Kadesh, and they cut through the division of Re in its middle, while they were marching without knowing and without being drawn up for battle...
Either bring this back or be brought back upon it.
We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.
To lead uninstructed people to war is to throw them away.
Mardonios ... sent the cavalry to attack the Hellenes: and when the horsemen had ridden to attack them, they did damage to the whole army of the Hellenes by hurling javelins against them and shooting with bows, being mounted archers and hard therefore to fight against.
- Herodotus, Greek Historian, c. 440 BC
Maneuvering with an army is advantageous; with an undisciplined multitude, most dangerous.
I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb. I do fear an army of sheep, if they are led by a lion.
In battle, it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.
Him when he spied from far, the Tuscan king Laid by the lance, and took him to the sling, Thrice whirl'd the thong around his head, and threw: The heated lead half melted as it flew; It pierc'd his hollow temples and his brain; The youth came tumbling down, and spurn'd the plain.
Their drills are bloodless battles, and their battles bloody drills.
The courage of the soldier is heightened by the knowledge of his profession.
The shield-wall they split, hewing the war-wood with hammered iron ...There lay many a man by spears destroyed; Northern men, shot over shield, likewise Scottish also, weary, war sated. The West-Saxons advanced, all day long; in troops they pursued the hostile people. They hewed the fugitive from behind grievously...
William de Braose also testifies that one of his soldiers, in a conflict with the Welsh, was wounded by an arrow, which passed through his thigh and the armor with which it was cased on both sides, and, through that part of the saddle which is called the alva, mortally wounded the horse.
Then the bond-army pushed on from all quarters. They who stood in front hewed down with their swords; they who stood next thrust with their spears; and they who stood hindmost shot arrows, cast spears, or threw stones, hand-axes, or sharp stakes.
- Snorri Sturluson, Icelandic Poet, Historian, on the Battle of Stiklestad, Saga of Olaf Haraldson, c. 1225
Gentlemen of the French guard, fire first.
Sir, we never fire first; please to fire yourselves.
- Comte d’Auteroches, French Army, reply to above
Dead as Chelsea, by God!
- Unknown British Grenadier at that same battle, on having his leg carried away by a cannonball
It is not the big armies that win battles -- it is the good ones.
If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks.
Where a goat can go, a man can go, where a man can go, he can drag a gun.
You damned cowards, halt and fight! There is more danger in running than in fighting, and if you don't stop and fight, you will all be killed!
Cavalry is useful before, during, and after the battle.
The valley was filled with an impenetrable smoke and nothing could be seen but the fire belching from the guns. Loud above all was the exultant, fiendlike yell of the Confederate soldiers.
We were lavish of blood in those days, and it was thought to be a great thing to charge a battery of artillery or an earthwork lined with infantry.
Come on boys! Give them the cold steel! Who will follow me?
- General Lewis Armistead, CS Army, 1817-1863, final moments of Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg
There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
Well, I got there first with the most men.
On came the savages, filling the air with their terrible yells.
No plan survives contact with the enemy.
Forty years after a battle it is easy for a noncombatant to reason about how it ought to have been fought. It is another thing personally and under fire to have to direct the fighting while involved in the obscuring smoke of it.
Military history, when superficially studied, will furnish arguments in support of any theory.
The concentration of troops can be done fast and easy, on paper.
A battle won is a battle that we will not acknowledge to be lost.
I heard the whistle of the Lieutenant, who was now in command, sound the retreat. The few who were left of our company turned and went back through the marsh as fast as they could go, and I knew it was certain death to remain, so I came back, leaving the Captain hanging on the wire.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Few men are killed by the bayonet; many are scared by it. Bayonets should be fixed when the firefight starts.
I can't ever remember being young in my life.
The creepy thing about battle is you always feel alone.
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