Joe, Joe, Joe
I cannot expend too much time on you (as much as it pains me), so I am forced to condense my response as much as possible. Still, since you maintain the same awkward and pugnacious offense, submitting rebuttal can be done without much effort. One thing rings clear, and that is that you have not had much military training (prob none whatsoever) or education (military education, I mean). I should stress this last, as though you are (quite admirable I may add), stuffed with knowledge of anecdotal and obscure events you try to argue using a complete civilian point of view. Namely, you once again point to unrelated (and quite minor in some cases), events to refute a major one. (Since I'm sure you're familiar with Fuller, he wouldn't include your arguments, check your books).
Alesia - Fought against an army of over half a million organized Gallic warriors. Ended the Roman war in Gaul.
Soissons - Military murmur (almost no historical significance), where a Frankish king fought a Roman administrator when the empire was in total decline and the "legions" (if you could call them that) had rarely a true Roman among them. (But you already know that Joe, don't you).
Gallic resistance continued for another year;
That's right, one more year, no battles though, and throughout that year the Gallic tribes sworn alleigence to Rome one by one. (I guess your point is that they managed to stay in hiding for another year and mount minor guerrilla actions that neither deterred or even seriously inconvenienced Ceasar. ... Point taken).
Crecy and Agincourt:
Crecy - Vastly outnumbered English (over 3 to 1), defeat entire French army.
Agincourt - Vastly outnumber English (over 4 to 1) defeat entire French army = leading to the surrender of the nation of France by its king giving daughter to Henry V and naming him heir to the thone of France.
Castillon - Significant, but at the end of a half-century down slope where the English, led by a mercenary, outnumbered (2 ½ to one) lost a losing battle due to artillery.
Crecy(1346)--Orléans(1429): Same war
One other thing, if you really consider the Hundred Years War as one war = definitely book-learned civilian. (Name is considered by Army War College as generalization of almost a dozen different conflicts).
Rossbach - Fredrick the Great defeats French handily, eliminating the French from a coalition of allies that opposed the Prussians. (Except for their conflict in America where the English handed them their asses). Historical significance = French part in series of defeats that made Prussian dominance a given till Napoleon.
Fontenoy - 12 years earlier, during unrelated conflict, against unrelated (and insignificant) opponent (com'on Joe
). Historical significance = almost none, as Rossbach cleared it up 12 years later.
The Seven Years War would last until 1763;
Not for the French it wouldn't.
Blenheim - British, vastly outnumbered (see any pattern here?) defeat French and coupled with French defeat at Audenarde forced French king Louis XIV (Sun King
) to sue for peace.
Denain - Arbitrary skirmish fought against Eugene of Savoy. So insignificant that that minor victory still bore no repercussions on the Peace of Utrecht (the French still lost), (but you know this???).
Trafalgar - Adm. Nelson defeats combined French-Spanish navies, ending Napoleon's dream of conquering Britain and cementing British naval economic blockade. Historical significance = Everything from Waterloo to The Bulge would have been affected.
Beachy Head - so insignificant hardly merits response. The French not only failed to follow up on the victory, most of the British ships involved survived.
Trafalgar(1805)--The War of the Third Coalition would last until the end of 1805;
I could rest my case right here.
I offered Beachy Head as an example of a French naval victory over the British.
Offer is a good word. But seriously
, is there an iota of comparison. Oh Joe, please don't say yes.
Sedan - Battle that crushed French army resistance to invading Prussians. The entire French army actually surrendered on the battlefield. Significance = last battle of a war that ended in total French defeat.
Solferino - 11 years earlier, unrelated, against the Austrians. (You know where they stand in military annals). If anything it is an insult to Austria to bring that up.
Sedan(1870)--The Franco-German War would last until 1871;
Joe? Joe? Oh, my bad, it ended a couple months later after the Prussians shelled Paris for four months straight before they surrended. Are you trying to argue my point?
all of France in 1940--France capitulated in 1940; the Second World War would last until 1945.
Once again, not for the French it wouldn't. Besides De Gaulle's figurehead actions in London was the next five years of war fought by him? Or were the names known from WWII Eisenhower, Montgomery, Patton, Nimitz, MacArthur. Were any of the major operations (or even minor) in the war spearheaded by French forces?
3. The "entire French army" most certainly did not mutiny in 1917. According to Tucker, the mutiny seriously affected 46 of 112 French divisions.
Only 46 out of 112. Joe? Any military trained person would tell you that we have a word for that, it's called "combat ineffective". You even say only 46 were " seriously
affected". Are you listening to yourself?
I will continue to use facts. And you, Lusatian, may continue doing whatever it is you're doing.
Yes, that is getting back to work for me. And for you, yes you do use facts (plenty, plenty of them), it's where and how you use them that has me scratching my head.
Oh, but for the record, you are the bomb in knowledge I don't deny. Jeopardy?