History Main / ArmchairMilitary

7th Jun '16 6:14:08 PM MarqFJA
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Armchair Generals (and Admirals) are those persons who decide to critique and/or run military operations from the comfort of their - ah, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin chairs]]. This shouldn't be a surprise. There are two interpretations:

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Armchair Generals (and Admirals) are those persons who decide to critique and/or run military operations from the comfort of their - ah, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin [[TitleDrop chairs]]. This shouldn't be a surprise. There are two interpretations:
1st Jun '16 4:08:36 AM Bosco13
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* ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'': The planet ''Landfall'' is locked in a ForeverWar with its moon, ''Wreath''. They both realized early on than one world couldn't destroy the other without knocking themselves out of orbit. So the war was outsourced to the rest of the galaxy with the populations of Landfall and Wreath not experiencing or caring about the war.
31st May '16 6:48:58 AM Doug86
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* In ''TheRegenerationTrilogy'', set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, this idea is always in the background as the death toll goes up. The main character, British poet [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Siegfriend Sassoon]], is very bitter about his superiors' ignorance of the soldier's suffering.

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* In ''TheRegenerationTrilogy'', set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, this idea is always in the background as the death toll goes up. The main character, British poet [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Siegfriend Sassoon]], is very bitter about his superiors' ignorance of the soldier's suffering.



* UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur had been described as such during his command in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, for never spending a night on Korean soil and issuing his orders from the relative safety of Tokyo. Ironically, during his [[BadassGrandpa previous 50 years of service in the US Army]], he had been the opposite, the one to risk his life even unnecessarily, as in the scouting mission in Mexico and UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne in Europe. Enough to have impressed ''Patton'' in 1918.

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* UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur had been described as such during his command in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, for never spending a night on Korean soil and issuing his orders from the relative safety of Tokyo. Ironically, during his [[BadassGrandpa previous 50 years of service in the US Army]], he had been the opposite, the one to risk his life even unnecessarily, as in the scouting mission in Mexico and UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI in Europe. Enough to have impressed ''Patton'' in 1918.
29th May '16 5:58:44 PM Taskmaster123
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* General Colin Powell had a run-in with then-Secretary of State Madeline Albright during the planning for the first Gulf War after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Powell kept stressing the need for a specific endgame and exit strategy ''before'' any military force was applied, having learned this bitter lesson during his combat service in Vietnam. Albright angrily asked him why bother having such a powerful military if it wasn't going to be used. Powell later stated that he had to take a moment to rein in his emotions. Albright simply did not understand that the United States military could have curb-stomped Iraq's armed forces in just a few days, but the resultant power vacumn and loss of infrastructure and leadership in Iraq would have meant the current underending occupation in Iraq and American military presence in the Middle East would have occurred fifteen years earlier.
23rd May '16 1:18:01 AM Sammettik
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* In VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}, the splash screen features several high-ranking members of staff, discussing a map. Naturally, they are quite far from the alien war experience.

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* In VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}, ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'', the splash screen features several high-ranking members of staff, discussing a map. Naturally, they are quite far from the alien war experience.
12th Apr '16 4:16:09 PM DVB
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** This trope is actually spoofed more than anything else as you do fight them and they are a little stronger than the soldiers. Furthermore, all of them are led by TheMan himself, which you can fight.
12th Apr '16 4:10:52 PM DVB
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* A former soldier, Danny Pink of ''Series/DoctorWho'' considers officers to be this and despises them as a result. This is a great part of why he dislikes the Doctor vehemently, comparing him to said military. [[FrontlineGeneral He's pretty far from the truth.]]

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* A former soldier, Danny Pink of ''Series/DoctorWho'' considers officers to be this and despises them as a result. This is a great part of why he dislikes the Doctor vehemently, comparing him to said military. [[FrontlineGeneral He's pretty far Fewer things could be arther from the truth.]]
5th Apr '16 4:05:51 PM Jhonny
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** John Simpson is originally portrayed as armchair military when he cites his service as, "having served in the Pentagon". In later books, it [[RetCon comes out]] that '''before''' he served in the Puzzle Palace, he commanded a riverine unit in the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.

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** John Simpson is originally portrayed as armchair military when he cites his service as, "having served in the Pentagon". In later books, it [[RetCon comes out]] that '''before''' he served in the Puzzle Palace, he commanded a riverine unit in the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. [[spoiler: he even lost a leg]]
5th Apr '16 4:01:07 PM Jhonny
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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is halfway to this trope. While he did have combat experience, he only made it to the rank of Corporal before taking the reins of the largest army in Europe. While Hitler did come up with some effective strategies, he greatly overestimated his military acumen. The fact that he had made a lucky guess regarding his disposition of forces during the French invasion gave him the impression that he was a closet military genius, which would color many of his decisions throughout the remainder of the war.

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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is halfway to this trope. While he did have combat experience, he only made it to the rank of Corporal before taking the reins of the largest army in Europe. Hitler also spent much of the war as a messenger, which depending on whom you ask was probably one of the more "rear echelon" positions in the army. While Hitler did come up with some effective strategies, he greatly overestimated his military acumen. The fact that he had made a lucky guess regarding his disposition of forces during the French invasion invasion[[note]] and in fact many of the successes happened because his generals ''ignored'' his orders to stop the advance[[/note]] gave him the impression that he was a closet military genius, which would color many of his decisions throughout the remainder of the war.
30th Mar '16 3:52:49 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'': Shinji criticizes Misato (and the rest of NERV's command staff) of this near the end of the first movie, asking how it's fair that he's the only one risking his life. Misato shows him Lilith, the Angels' objective, housed beneath NERV, and explains that if the Angels were ever to reach Lilith, all human life on the planet would end. She goes on to say that, therefore, NERV's command staff is hardly "safe": if Shinji and the other Eva pilots were to fail in their mission, ''everyone'' will die anyway, so they're all risking their lives together. This manages to convince Shinji.
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