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13th Sep '17 7:26:34 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheRegenerationTrilogy'', set in 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.

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* In ''TheRegenerationTrilogy'', ''Literature/TheRegenerationTrilogy'', set in 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.
24th Jul '17 3:16:20 AM Jormungar
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** In an interesting turn of events he and Hitler seemed to switch roles as the war progressed, with Stalingrad marking the turningpoint for both: after Stalingrad Hitler became more involved which only led to further defeats, while Stalin stopped meddling with battle plans and allowed his generals to do their job.

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** In an interesting turn of events he and Hitler seemed to switch roles as the war progressed, with Stalingrad marking the turningpoint for both: after Stalingrad Hitler became more involved in tactical decisions which only led to further defeats, while Stalin stopped meddling with battle plans and allowed his generals to do their job.
24th Jul '17 3:14:30 AM Jormungar
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* Stalin also qualifies, combined with a severe case of [[GeneralFailure General Failure]] and [[TheNeidermeyer The Neidermeyer]]. Fortunately for him and his troops, he was smart enough to acknowledge this (to himself, not to his troops) and eventually (read: after monumental failures that left the western third of the country under nazi occupation and the Wehrmacht marching through the suburbs of Moscow) listened to the advice of his generals, focusing more on the political and strategic objectives of the war [[StrategyVersusTactics and leaving the command of his troops to them]]. It is quite ironic that he and Hitler seemed to switch roles as the war progressed, with Stalingrad marking the turningpoint for both: since Stalingrad Hitler became the Armchair General Failure, while Stalin stopped meddling with battle plans and allowed his generals to do their job.

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* Stalin also qualifies, combined with a severe case of [[GeneralFailure General Failure]] and [[TheNeidermeyer The Neidermeyer]]. Failure]]. Fortunately for him and his troops, he was smart enough to acknowledge this (to himself, not to his troops) and eventually (read: after monumental failures that left (after the western third disastrous loss of the country under nazi occupation and the Wehrmacht marching through the suburbs millions of Moscow) soldiers) listened to the advice of his generals, focusing and focused more on the political and strategic objectives of the war [[StrategyVersusTactics and while leaving the command of his troops tactical decisions to them]]. It is quite ironic them. Not that this stopped him from being proclaimed "generalissimo" and the "military genius" who won the war anyway.
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he and Hitler seemed to switch roles as the war progressed, with Stalingrad marking the turningpoint for both: since after Stalingrad Hitler became the Armchair General Failure, more involved which only led to further defeats, while Stalin stopped meddling with battle plans and allowed his generals to do their job.job.
18th Jul '17 1:15:49 PM ironballs16
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': During "Battle of the Bastards", Ramsay hangs back as his men do all the fighting, needlessly sacrificing the lives of his soldiers in the crossfire of his archers. This puts him at odds with both his GoodCounterpart, Jon, and his brute, Smalljon Umber, who both fight on the frontline, as well as Jon's follower, Davos, who explicitly stops his men from firing arrows on their own men. Later, as soon as the battle goes against him, Ramsay beats a hasty retreat to Winterfell.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': During "Battle of the Bastards", Ramsay hangs back as his men do all the fighting, needlessly sacrificing the lives of his soldiers in the crossfire of his archers. This puts him at odds with both his GoodCounterpart, Jon, and his brute, Smalljon Umber, who both fight on the frontline, as well as Jon's follower, Davos, who explicitly stops his men from firing arrows on their own men. Later, as soon as the battle goes against him, [[DirtyCoward Ramsay beats a hasty retreat to Winterfell.Winterfell]].
8th Jul '17 10:35:05 PM iowaforever
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* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' displays a whole cabinet of them in and around Parliament, none too concerned about letting the war slog on for another few weeks while the armistice is negotiated. Diana is appalled, calling them cowards for not leading their men from the front and turning down a potential war-winning strike against Dr. Poison and General Ludendorff. [[spoiler: Hanging back also allows them to be easily manipulated by Ares, who wants the war to drag on and destroy humanity.]]
28th May '17 4:10:23 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': During "Battle of the Bastards", Ramsay hangs back as his men do all the fighting, needlessly sacrificing the lives of his soldiers in the crossfire of his archers. This puts him at odds with both his GoodCounterpart, Jon, and his brute, Smalljon Umber, who both fight on the frontline, as well as Jon's follower, Davos, who explicitly stops his men from firing arrows on their own men. Later, as soon as the battle goes against him, Ramsay beats a hasty retreat to Winterfell.
15th May '17 7:14:52 PM nombretomado
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* In Ireland, TheTroubles sparked what is sometimes known as "Armchair Republicanism" or "Armchair IRA"; People who live in the Republic who claim to be massive supporters of the IRA's activities in the North. Even to this day with the peace process having quelled the worst elements of the conflict, there are those in the Republic, many of whom have never had family involved let alone set foot in the north, who proclaim that they are diehard Nationalists while never doing a thing about it.

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* In Ireland, TheTroubles UsefulNotes/TheTroubles sparked what is sometimes known as "Armchair Republicanism" or "Armchair IRA"; People who live in the Republic who claim to be massive supporters of the IRA's activities in the North. Even to this day with the peace process having quelled the worst elements of the conflict, there are those in the Republic, many of whom have never had family involved let alone set foot in the north, who proclaim that they are diehard Nationalists while never doing a thing about it.
6th May '17 6:58:19 PM CV12Hornet
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* The rise of the Internet has led to a veritable explosion in the second type by lowering the cost of entry and allowing every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a keyboard and Internet connection to voice their opinion.
3rd May '17 7:36:09 AM TheKaizerreich
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* ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' oddly plays "Armchair Admiral" straight, but [[JustifiedTrope with justification]], since conventional battleships are useless against the humanoid-looking forces of the Abyssal Fleet, so all the humans' battleships look like people (and are all-female because all ships are female, naturally) carrying various military equipment instead to match their tactical capabilities. In other words, there's literally no room for the Admirals during battles, so they have to stay at the base and give orders via radio.
2nd May '17 2:48:23 PM madorosh
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* ''Film/TheLastCastle'' provides a very good example of the classic armchair general, the warden of a military prison played by James Gandolfini, who is envious of one of his prisoners (played by Robert Redford) who has actually served in combat.
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