History ZergRush / RealLife

23rd Nov '16 11:04:09 PM VutherA
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* Highland Charges in the 17th and 18th century. Unlike what happened in Braveheart, traditional Scottish tactics called for tight and disciplined blocks of infantry. When newer firearms made those tactics obsolete they switched to a screaming charge at the enemy line, which was extremely successful when their enemies would break ranks. When other armies started training their armies to defend against them, they got massacred.
** Other factors, such as improved firearm drill, the invention of the bayonet and canister shot, also made the strategy obsolete.

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* Highland Charges in the 17th and 18th century. Unlike what happened in Braveheart, traditional Scottish tactics called for tight and disciplined blocks of infantry. When newer firearms made those tactics obsolete obsolete, they switched to long lines no deeper four ranks which would advance to musket range (around 50-60 yards), fire off a volley, drop to the ground in expectation of a return volley, and then abandon their guns while using the musket smoke as cover to make a screaming charge at the enemy line, which was aided by the use of targes with one-handed swords/dirks to deflect bayonets and extremely successful when their enemies would quickly break ranks. When other armies started training their armies to defend against them, they got massacred.
** Other factors, such as improved firearm drill, the invention of the ring bayonet (which was always attached unlike the earlier plug bayonet which had to be mounted as needed because it went into a gun's barrel and prevented it from firing) and canister shot, also made the strategy obsolete.
29th Oct '16 11:40:53 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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** There is also a joke where a German commander once said that "One Tiger was equal to ten Shermans." He quickly followed it up with, "But you [the Americans] always have eleven!"
21st Oct '16 3:47:22 PM SmoCro
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**** There are indications that Human wave attacks, especially as applied by Asian forces, seem to have been more akin to infiltration tactics than the western world war I-vintage human wave attack. Chinese forces seem to have infiltrated very close to the American perimeter and than attacked the last meters in a massive wave overwhelming the defenders.
20th Oct '16 10:24:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Japanese used Banzai charges to great effect in China during the Second Sino-Japanese war, even against fully-alerted, unbroken infantry. But then, the Chinese were poorly trained and poorly supplied, easily scared off with the bayonet. The Chinese troops (from [[NoMoreEmperors the Guomindang, Guominjun, Guangxi Clique, and Yunnan]]) seldom had artillery, machine guns, mortars, or barbed wire; they had no aircraft; they could [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_the_Great_Wall count themselves lucky]] if they had bolt-action rifles and a literal handful of ammunition. [[note]]A Chinese folk song praises the virtues of fighting a rich enemy; its first verse begins, "No guns, no cannons, but only what the enemy provides us." By the late war, most Chinese equipment was captured from the Japanese -- not just rifles, artillery, and ammunition, but helmets, combat webbing, and even shoes. This led to friendly-fire incidents, but even that was better than trying to fight barefoot with bamboo spears...[[/note]] But the US was as well-equipped relative to Japan as the Japanese were relative to China; at the Battle of the Coral Sea, the US would have more surface ships than the Japanese had aircraft, and infantry were equipped to match. (US infantry also carried a semi-automatic rifle, the M1 Garand; both China and Japan still used bolt-action rifles with small magazines.) So, while US troops feared banzai charges as demoralizing and unsettling, they weren't particularly vulnerable to them; the failed charge at Henderson Field was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banzai_charge the first of many]]. But Japanese commanders falsely claimed that the tactic still worked, [[AttackAttackAttack meaning that it stuck around until 1944]].

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* The Japanese used Banzai charges to great effect in China during the Second Sino-Japanese war, even against fully-alerted, unbroken infantry. But then, the Chinese were poorly trained and poorly supplied, easily scared off with the bayonet. The Chinese troops (from [[NoMoreEmperors [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors the Guomindang, Guominjun, Guangxi Clique, and Yunnan]]) seldom had artillery, machine guns, mortars, or barbed wire; they had no aircraft; they could [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_the_Great_Wall count themselves lucky]] if they had bolt-action rifles and a literal handful of ammunition. [[note]]A Chinese folk song praises the virtues of fighting a rich enemy; its first verse begins, "No guns, no cannons, but only what the enemy provides us." By the late war, most Chinese equipment was captured from the Japanese -- not just rifles, artillery, and ammunition, but helmets, combat webbing, and even shoes. This led to friendly-fire incidents, but even that was better than trying to fight barefoot with bamboo spears...[[/note]] But the US was as well-equipped relative to Japan as the Japanese were relative to China; at the Battle of the Coral Sea, the US would have more surface ships than the Japanese had aircraft, and infantry were equipped to match. (US infantry also carried a semi-automatic rifle, the M1 Garand; both China and Japan still used bolt-action rifles with small magazines.) So, while US troops feared banzai charges as demoralizing and unsettling, they weren't particularly vulnerable to them; the failed charge at Henderson Field was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banzai_charge the first of many]]. But Japanese commanders falsely claimed that the tactic still worked, [[AttackAttackAttack meaning that it stuck around until 1944]].
9th Oct '16 6:20:43 PM MrCandle
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9th Oct '16 6:20:34 PM MrCandle
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** Similarly, Google Chrome. Unlike other browsers, each tab is its own process (basically, each tab is run as it's own program). While this has benefits such as a small number of tabs running better and crash resistance (one tab crapping out won't cause others to), it also means that having a large number of tabs can end up taking up a disproportionately large amount of memory, even if all those tabs are simply blank pages.

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** Similarly, Google Chrome. Unlike other browsers, each tab is its own process (basically, each tab is run as it's its own program). While this has benefits such as a small number of tabs running better and crash resistance (one tab crapping out won't cause others to), it also means that having a large number of tabs can end up taking up a disproportionately large amount of memory, even if all those tabs are simply blank pages.
14th Sep '16 3:46:34 AM morane
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** The Greeks showed certain [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] at Thermopylae. [[BigBookOfWar Sun Tzu]] ''especially'' warns of attacking "a pass so narrow a single man can defend it".
14th Sep '16 3:09:06 AM morane
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** Lanchester's law apply only when ''ceteris paribus'' - when all things are equal and neither has any qualitative or technological advantage. A single machine gun can be a GameBreaker as it can multiply the firepower of a numerically inferior opponent instantly and invalidate the Lanchester's law.
14th Jul '16 6:10:58 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The strategy mostly died off after the disastrous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Culloden Battle of Culloden]]. The battlefield was almost custom-made to stop a highland charge and the Scottish commander was an incompetent who ignored the advice of his officers to start the fight before the regulars were in position. The charging soldiers ended up bogged down in the mud, out of formation, and charging the prepared regulars while under artillery fire. The result was an utter CurbStompBattle.
7th Jul '16 7:30:02 PM KYCubbie
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* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5QxUR-mZVM defense]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EZtXNIT5QQ mechanism]] employed by Japanese honeybees against a particular type of hornet. Interestingly enough, it's not your typical "sting it 'til it dies" tactic you would expect from a hive of bees, because said hornets [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDSf3Kshq1M can apparently take it]]. Instead, these bees pile on top of the hornet and vibrate; the actions of the bees raise both the temperature and the carbon dioxide level within the ball. The bees can tolerate 50 °C (122 °F) at that CO2 concentration; the hornet's limit is 46 °C (115 °F), and it gets roasted alive. European and, presumably, African honeybees have lower tolerance for heat and so they cannot employ this tactic.

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* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5QxUR-mZVM defense]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EZtXNIT5QQ mechanism]] employed by Japanese honeybees against a particular type of hornet. Interestingly enough, it's not your typical "sting it 'til it dies" tactic you would expect from a hive of bees, because said hornets [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDSf3Kshq1M can apparently take it]]. Instead, these bees pile on top of the hornet and vibrate; the actions of the bees raise both the temperature and the carbon dioxide level within the ball. The bees can tolerate 50 °C (122 °F) at that CO2 [=CO2=] concentration; the hornet's limit is 46 °C (115 °F), and it gets roasted alive. European and, presumably, African honeybees have lower tolerance for heat and so they cannot employ this tactic.
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