Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Duty
- In a message dated 10/21/2003 7:00:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time, hjs21@... writes:
Destroy – to injure beyond repair
Damage –injury or harm that impairs usefulness
Decimate – to destroy a number or great portion
All of these fall under the heading of doing the utmost harm possible. BTW to Decimate means to reduce by 1/10th e.g. his company was decimated means at least 1/10 of his company was a casualty figure.
Once again Harry, it is a case of semantics.
- conveniently, the below excellent article addresses this issue in
decisions made in '63. It was not just the CS generals who needed to
avoid Pyrrhic victories -- in the forbidden zone, unfortunately
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark Peters"
> As with many of the CSA commanders, Pyrrhus also didn't know when
> to fight. His campaign, against the Romans, saw him destroy twoCSA
> armies at Heraclea and Asculum, but suffered heavy losses in return.
> This, reputedly, led him to say, "one more such victory and I am
> lost". As indeed he was.
> His first duty was to keep his army as an occupying force, not one
> eventually destroyed by needless heroics. Just as, less numerous
> forces had to be preserved to fight a war of attrition, rather than
> winning costly (but in real terms) meaningless battles.