Trombley: Sergeant, I thought we would be crossing the bridge in the darkness?
Mm-mm. Not retarded enough.
Rico: Alright, you know what to do!
Hauzer: A search and secure operation assisted by armour, artillery, direct-fire support weapons and orbital bombardment?
No. We run around mob-handed, shooting our guns in the air!
— Starship Hooters 3: Undresser
It was ugly. No sane general would have accepted it. But Sarpedon was not a general of the Imperial Guard, who had to cope with the weaknesses and indiscipline of their men. He was a Space Marine
, and so were those under his command. Tactical insanity, the willingness to fight battles that no commander of lesser men would contemplate, was the weapon of choice for the Space Marines.
declared that if every
Cambodian soldier killed 30
Vietnamese, the Khmer Rouge could win the war."
Modern Warfare 3's plot makes its signature turn right around the bend when Russia invades Europe. As in, all of it. Simultaneously. Now I've never invaded Europe except for that one time, but I would think that's a project you might want to stagger out a bit if you haven't forged an alliance with any galactic empires lately! With the Republic getting their asses kicked like this, well
sorry to armchair-general here, but shouldn't there have been some kind of fighter escort to protect their landing craft? Not to mention maybe bombing these emplacements outside the shields before even deploying the landing craft to the area, instead of just leaving them intact and then taking them out on the ground? I mean, this is the kind of thing that would have made Tennyson sarcastic! "Cannon to the right of them/Cannon to the left of them/Cannon in front of them/Into a fuckload of cannons/Rode the noble dumbasses!"
—SF Debris reviewing Clone Wars: Landing at Point Rain
Well, this has been fun. Always nice playing audience to this menagerie you call a military. "Group up, and hit it 'til it dies!"