Warfare (again)

From: Stephen Tempest <stephen_at_stempest.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2000 13:39:46 GMT

>From: darvall <madamx_at_ns2.mikka.net.au>

>Yes it is; but to deliberatly commit your troops to a battle where you know
>you are attacking the enemy strength, such as frontal assault on a formed
>Phalanx, is a tactic of either stupidity or desperation, particularly when
>that Phalanx is at the end of an increasingly attenuated supply line.

This brings up a good point. The Lunars have a formal, professional intelligence service. They try to find out the capabilities, strengths and weaknesses of their opponents before fighting them. (shades of the Byzantines). Certainly they sometimes get it wrong, and seriously underestimate the enemy (as they seem to have in Sartar), but at least they try. The Orlanthi do nothing of the sort - presumably they assume that every new opponent will fight the same way as the previous one, and it's only through bitter experience and a few lost battles that they evolve tactics to deal with a new type of enemy.


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