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Old 16th November 2022, 03:15 AM   #161
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Originally Posted by Shadowdweller View Post
While I possess some skepticism as to the rigor of its historical authenticity, this account of the Russo-Japanese war (1904-5) is pretty hilarious.
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Nice to see the modern Russian navy is upholding tradition in Ukraine today.
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Old 16th November 2022, 10:05 AM   #162
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Originally Posted by Shadowdweller View Post
While I possess some skepticism as to the rigor of its historical authenticity, this account of the Russo-Japanese war (1904-5) is pretty hilarious.
Oh, the Baltic Fleet's voyage? Oh yes, it was dumber than you can imagine. You can also check out Drachinifel's account.

Edit: ah, I see jimbob already linked to it.
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Old 16th November 2022, 10:24 AM   #163
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You also have to understand how the tradition of aristocratic officers worked in various parts of the world, though, and more specifically in Russia.

See, in the West, when it was first decided to have some heavy cavalry to use against the Huns, waay back in the later part of the early middle ages, most nobles were perfectly content to conscript some serf, put him on a horse, and call it a day... err... a knight. It took some royal decrees to say, "no, you'll flippin' come here yourself in your best armour". And also some scribes following each army to write down which noble ran away, so it would be a stain on his family for ever. It took about a millenium to forge and cement the culture of the military duty of aristocrats and all.

Well, in England it took a detour into bastard feudalism, i.e., back to paying someone to fight for you. But England had the motivation that you'd get executed if you weren't aggressive enough, so meh, same effect.

And some added various carrots to that stick. Like IIRC Matthias Corvinus of Hungary pretty literally invented WoW's honour points, about half a millennium before WoW was a thing

In Russia that never happened. All the way to the bitter end, they'd just conscript some serf and call him a knight. The nobles were officers usually in name only, and a high ranking posting was just something you got for your ties to the ruling family. Which also meant that nobody was gonna execute some duke's mistress's third cousin's protege for anything short of actual treason.

All the way to WW1 officers had their own dumb ideas and were about as disciplined or easy to coordinate as the proverbial herd of cats, and the more important the noble family, the dumber and unrulier. Like, in the beginning of WW1 one general literally ignored that another was getting obliterated, just because their families didn't get along. (Then without that flank, yeah, he got wiped out too)

There's a reason why appointing the Grand Duke actually made the Russian army perform better in WW1. No, it wasn't his military genius. It was that nobody outranked HIM in family ties. So if he said ok, you all do what we just discussed, they had better do it.

So yeah, that's the context in which some nobles' relatives found themselves moved from a cushy job in the Baltic their relatives had secured, to having to sail around the world to an actual war
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Old 16th November 2022, 11:01 AM   #164
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Originally Posted by HansMustermann View Post
You also have to understand how the tradition of aristocratic officers worked in various parts of the world, though, and more specifically in Russia.

See, in the West, when it was first decided to have some heavy cavalry to use against the Huns, waay back in the later part of the early middle ages, most nobles were perfectly content to conscript some serf, put him on a horse, and call it a day... err... a knight. It took some royal decrees to say, "no, you'll flippin' come here yourself in your best armour". And also some scribes following each army to write down which noble ran away, so it would be a stain on his family for ever. It took about a millenium to forge and cement the culture of the military duty of aristocrats and all.

Well, in England it took a detour into bastard feudalism, i.e., back to paying someone to fight for you. But England had the motivation that you'd get executed if you weren't aggressive enough, so meh, same effect.

And some added various carrots to that stick. Like IIRC Matthias Corvinus of Hungary pretty literally invented WoW's honour points, about half a millennium before WoW was a thing

In Russia that never happened. All the way to the bitter end, they'd just conscript some serf and call him a knight. The nobles were officers usually in name only, and a high ranking posting was just something you got for your ties to the ruling family. Which also meant that nobody was gonna execute some duke's mistress's third cousin's protege for anything short of actual treason.

All the way to WW1 officers had their own dumb ideas and were about as disciplined or easy to coordinate as the proverbial herd of cats, and the more important the noble family, the dumber and unrulier. Like, in the beginning of WW1 one general literally ignored that another was getting obliterated, just because their families didn't get along. (Then without that flank, yeah, he got wiped out too)

There's a reason why appointing the Grand Duke actually made the Russian army perform better in WW1. No, it wasn't his military genius. It was that nobody outranked HIM in family ties. So if he said ok, you all do what we just discussed, they had better do it.

So yeah, that's the context in which some nobles' relatives found themselves moved from a cushy job in the Baltic their relatives had secured, to having to sail around the world to an actual war
Remind me what happened to the regime after deciding to go to war on it's Western border, after the military performed badly?
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I have no idea what you're talking about
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First comment I saw just now when searching for this...

Drach also has a video guide to the Kamchatka, which he refers to as the most effective Japanese warship that never actually served in the Japanese Navy.

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As for the Russians' carrying on their long tradition of military and naval incompetence, I mentioned in the invasion thread that I like the fact Wikipedia refers to the conflict as the "Russo-Ukrainian War," as it recalls the Russo-Japanese War.

Which reminds me, a couple of months ago a friend of mine told me that the strategy guide for Civilization VI advises anyone playing Russia to avoid getting into wars with Japan or Ukraine.
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
I think Custer's entering the Valley of the Little Bighorn without any real recon has got to be up there....

I meant to comment on this a couple of weeks ago, but I was on vacation and my laptop had died.

This mistake was compounded by the fact that Custer had refused an offer to attach an additional battalion of cavalry from another regiment to the 7th. Had Custer had those four companies available during the battle, he might well have been able to retreat in good order, rather than having his own reinforced battalion completely wiped out.
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