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(Reuters)   French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle surrenders to Coronavirus. This is a nice change of pace from the mechanical breakdowns that usually send it back to port early   (reuters.com) divider line
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2020-04-08 3:27:07 PM  
And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.
 
2020-04-08 8:03:30 PM  
You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.
 
2020-04-08 8:05:34 PM  

edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.


Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.


As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?
 
2020-04-08 8:08:47 PM  
There's only one important question here: did the captain embarrass the Macron administration?
 
2020-04-08 8:09:47 PM  

FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?


DON'T RUIN THIS FOR ME, FORMLESSONE!!
 
2020-04-08 8:11:02 PM  

FormlessOne: As far as countries go


Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.
 
2020-04-08 8:12:05 PM  

edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.


Well nothing overtly public it seems like otherwise we have no idea.
 
2020-04-08 8:16:04 PM  

HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.


Even in World War One they weren't doing so hot. Most armies don't get killed by their own uniforms.
 
2020-04-08 8:16:32 PM  
Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.
 
2020-04-08 8:19:00 PM  
Military hardware not very effective vs viruses.
 
2020-04-08 8:19:45 PM  

cowgirl toffee: FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?

DON'T RUIN THIS FOR ME, FORMLESSONE!!


You could work in a "Freedom Fries" reference, if that'd help.
 
2020-04-08 8:20:58 PM  

FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?


It kind of helps that they're one of the oldest military powers in European history.
 
2020-04-08 8:21:27 PM  

HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.


...yeah. About that...
 
2020-04-08 8:27:28 PM  

Boojum2k: HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.

Even in World War One they weren't doing so hot. Most armies don't get killed by their own uniforms.


That wasn't the first time. The tin buttons on Napoleon's troops' coats changed their allotrope once the temperatures dropped below 0°C, decomposing into a powder, and leading to numerous additional deaths.
 
2020-04-08 8:29:01 PM  

Boojum2k: HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.

Even in World War One they weren't doing so hot. Most armies don't get killed by their own uniforms.


in ww1 they fought the germans to an absolute standstill and then invented combined arms warfare - the german blitzkrieg was based on french tactics from the end of ww1

WW2 was an anomaly caused by bad prewar strategy exacerbated by Belgan mistrust

and they're currently smoking boko haram in western africa.  France is probably the only modern power that is scarier man for man than the USA
 
2020-04-08 8:29:15 PM  

FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?


Sure, but you fark one sheep...
 
2020-04-08 8:32:42 PM  

HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.


And WWI and Algeria.
 
2020-04-08 8:33:27 PM  

FormlessOne: cowgirl toffee: FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?

DON'T RUIN THIS FOR ME, FORMLESSONE!!

You could work in a "Freedom Fries" reference, if that'd help.


Quarantine spat between you two ?
 
2020-04-08 8:35:04 PM  

johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.


«Eh, merci beaucoup, Frenchie!»

Seriously though, baguettes and brie choppered on over sounds pretty great.
 
2020-04-08 8:37:44 PM  

johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.


So apparently, their hangar deck is reserved for cheese storage.
 
2020-04-08 8:39:01 PM  

johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.


Please tell me the guy that dropped them off was wearing a striped shirt, red scarf, and black beret.
 
2020-04-08 8:45:04 PM  

johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.


Sounds like they were holding out on you if they weren't sharing their beer.
 
2020-04-08 8:55:10 PM  

keldaria: johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.

Sounds like they were holding out on you if they weren't sharing their beer.


Nope! CO's exchanged wine and bourbon though and we sent several Sailors over at a time throughout the three weeks to spend a couple days onboard.  As I recall they could have a couple drinks a day onboard.
 
2020-04-08 8:59:35 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.

Please tell me the guy that dropped them off was wearing a striped shirt, red scarf, and black beret.


Well, it WAS Sunday.
 
2020-04-08 9:00:40 PM  

HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.


Yeah, not sure what happened to the French, remember when they built their base on the floor of a valley in Vietnam? SMH
 
2020-04-08 9:00:57 PM  

johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.


No snails?
 
2020-04-08 9:03:57 PM  

Idiot Stick Bearer: FormlessOne: cowgirl toffee: FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?

DON'T RUIN THIS FOR ME, FORMLESSONE!!

You could work in a "Freedom Fries" reference, if that'd help.

Quarantine spat between you two ?


If this is interpreted in any way other than as lightly humorous banter, allow me to be the first to apologize. Thought I was being tongue-in-cheek funny, but if it's coming off as obnoxious, that's my bad.
 
2020-04-08 9:08:24 PM  

bigdanc: the german blitzkrieg was based on french tactics from the end of ww1


Actually the German tactics of blitzkrieg was significantly informed by the British "plan 1919" developed by JFC Fuller during WW1. The plan was studied in great detail by the Germans following the war and formed the foundation of blitzkrieg tactics. The similar French tactics were also largely informed by JFC Fullers work.

The reason you don't hear much about it is Fuller majorly pissed off nearly everyone in the British Military to the point where the top brass was doing anything to bury his work. Heck he was even writing significant papers on why the navy's tactics were deeply flawed even though he had no actual naval experience. He was a visionary but also a giant asshole when pointing out the flaws in other peoples tactics and strategy. So his work was only ever really studied by other countries. Including the US who developed their tanks size and strategy largely informed by his papers.
 
2020-04-08 9:09:42 PM  

joker420: HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.

Yeah, not sure what happened to the French, remember when they built their base on the floor of a valley in Vietnam? SMH


Just like the US at Khe Shan?
 
2020-04-08 9:12:23 PM  

BigNumber12: johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.

So apparently, their hangar deck is reserved for cheese storage.


No, that's the wine cellar
 
2020-04-08 9:50:11 PM  

Boojum2k: HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.

Even in World War One they weren't doing so hot. Most armies don't get killed by their own uniforms.


Lol... That was a nugget of history that I had somehow missed!
 
2020-04-08 10:04:45 PM  
I wonder if their CO is naïf et stupide.

/"Ce qui la baise!?"
 
2020-04-09 12:02:13 AM  

HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.


By that metric, the US has lost; Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. That makes us bigger losers.
 
2020-04-09 12:07:22 AM  

WyDave: joker420: HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.

Yeah, not sure what happened to the French, remember when they built their base on the floor of a valley in Vietnam? SMH

Just like the US at Khe Shan?


This. We couldn't even learn from their mistakes of a few years before.
 
2020-04-09 12:22:01 AM  

Medic Zero: HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.

By that metric, the US has lost; Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. That makes us bigger losers.


Oh thank god you are here.  In an article about the French we waited entirely too long for someone to be forced to bash the US!  Thanks for jumping on that grenade.
 
2020-04-09 2:19:22 AM  

johnny_vegas: Served on a destroyer that was providing escort for the Charles de Gaulle in the Arabian Sea for several weeks.  Every Sunday their CO would send a helo over with dozens of baguettes and rounds of brie and blue cheese.


I've heard the going rate for MRE trade is one French for six Americans.
 
2020-04-09 6:49:03 AM  

Medic Zero: HoratioGates: FormlessOne: As far as countries go

Ah, but you are only as good as your last fight, and the two ones that stick out in people's mind are WWII and (to a much lesser extent) Vietnam.  

I'm not saying it's deserved, but that's where it comes from.  They did sure do a good job destroying Greenpeace's navy though.

By that metric, the US has lost; Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. That makes us bigger losers.


Except Afghanistan isn't over so it literally can't be a loss yet, and Iraq isn't ruled by the Ba'ath Party or any other ideological successor to Saddam Hussein, and in fact still has something resembling a democracy, so how is that one a "loss"?
 
2020-04-09 6:50:20 AM  

FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?


France only does well when its military isn't being led by a Frenchman.
 
2020-04-09 6:56:39 AM  

dittybopper: FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?

France only does well when its military isn't being led by a Frenchman.


Are you one of those "Napoleon wasn't French" guys ?
 
2020-04-09 7:17:38 AM  

padraig: dittybopper: FormlessOne: edmo: And it didn't required desperate messages or a public political spectacle to pull it off either.

Done in one.

cowgirl toffee: You know why the French had so many civil wars... they wanted to win one every now and then.

As far as countries go, you do realize that France is the most successful military power in European history, right?

France only does well when its military isn't being led by a Frenchman.

Are you one of those "Napoleon wasn't French" guys ?


Or "Jeanne d'Arc was a teenage girl" type, possibly.
 
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