Nana's Vibrator: willfullyobscure: better check your colonial privilege, yo.If your enemy outnumbers you 26+ to 1 and you win, it's not because you were incredibly brave. It's because they were incredibly stupid. The cheat code for "incredibly stupid enemy" is up up down down left right left right B A 007-373-5963, hold down the select button, then hit start.
vygramul: PunGent: TheShavingofOccam123: Listen. For sheer bravery you cannot top air-conditioned B-29s flying low-level, facing virtually no effective anti-aircraft measures, dropping thousands upon thousands of incendiaries on civilians WHO LIVE IN WOODEN HOUSES. Roasting 100,000 civilians in one night is a mighty brave and heroic deed.Then LeMay got effiecient and started dropping one bomb at a time. Twice./amidoinitriteCivilians who were propping up a murderous government that killed 250,000 unarmed Chinese civilians after the Doolittle raid? In a war they started?My sympathy is limited.In a war THEY started? Lrn2history. We cut off their oil, and "No blood for oil" only applies to the U.S./iamdoinitrite
RichieLaw: This gleeful description of the deaths of thousands of individuals was chilling.
TheShavingofOccam123: On the "mad minute" using the Lee-Enfield rifle:When WWI broke out, the small British Expeditionary Force was sent to France to assist the French and Belgians. The German Kaiser supposedly referred to the BEF as "a contemptible little army", so the cheeky soldiers adopted it as their own and called themselves "The Old Contemptibles". With both the French and Belgians in retreat early in the war, the Old Contemptibles were thrown into the breech to halt the German advance.At Mons, eight batallions of German infantry crashed into two batallions of the BEF. The Mad Minute began. One German officer described it: "Well entrenched and completely hidden, the enemy opened a murderous fire...the casualties increased...the rushes became shorter, and finally the whole advance stopped...with bloody losses, the attack gradually came to an end."Private Smiley of the Gordon Highlanders described the British end of things. "Poor devils! They advanced in companies of quite 150 men in files five deep, and our rifle has a flat trajectory up to 600 yards. Guess the result. We could steady our rifles on the trench and take deliberate aim. The first company was mown down by a volley at 700 yards, and in their insane formation every bullet was almost sure to find two billets. The other companies kept advancing very slowly, using their dead comrades as cover, but they had absolutely no chance."At Mons and then again at the First Battle of Ypres, often against overwhelming odds, the Old Contemptibles ground the German advance down with their rifles. Near Oburg, a few companies of the BEF stopped an entire German regiment, and were froced to retire only when two additioin regiments attacked them. When the flanks (not held by British forces) caved in, 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers covered the retreat. This single batallion, although nearly decimated itself, held the line against nine enemy batallions.In an after-action report, one Prussian officer estimated that the British had at least 28 machine guns per batallion. In reality, they had only TWO machine guns per batallion. All that firepower came from bolt-action rifles in the hands of men well-trained in their use.
vygramul: Nana's Vibrator: willfullyobscure: better check your colonial privilege, yo.If your enemy outnumbers you 26+ to 1 and you win, it's not because you were incredibly brave. It's because they were incredibly stupid. The cheat code for "incredibly stupid enemy" is up up down down left right left right B A 007-373-5963, hold down the select button, then hit start.They actually weren't that stupid. They were quite calculating and knew they faced a problem but thought they had the force to win. Once the cost of victory was around 10% of their force, they decided they were unwilling to pay the whole cost to finish the job. They chose not to win because the price was too steep, not because they were simply unable to.
willfullyobscure: better check your colonial privilege, yo.
I'm no expert but...: r1niceboy: Those Limeys were all cowards. If you want real heroism, try the US 7th cavalry at Wounded Knee.Bravo sir. You are awarded an FC (Fark Cross) for courage above and beyond the call of posting.
doubled99: I don't think we should glorify killing people.Couldn't they have just talked out their differences?
SevenT: r1niceboy: If you want real heroism snafu, try the US 7th cavalry at Wounded Knee.FTFY
stellarossa: dittybopper: Great. Now I've got "Men of Harlech" running through my brain.Me too, despite knowing they didn't sing that at any point./english regiment
GungFu: Meh.Colonial Invader Problems.Using rfiles against a multitude of shoeless black people with wooden spears and animal hide shields shouting "Where Dem White Wimmin At?" isn't all that brave in my book.
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