VengefulMight OP t1_jdemsn6 wrote

It wasn’t a good battle for France, they’d been handed the first real defeat they had suffered on land for 10 years. Although it wasn’t the turning point of the Wars (which was the disastrous Russian invasion), it was a sign of things to come.

Under the circumstances they would try to make the death of a general seem as dignified as possible. But bullets were not that accurate back then and cannonballs are capable of tremendous damage.


VengefulMight OP t1_jdeky8l wrote

It was the first defeat Napoleon had suffered since the Battle of Acre (and he’d lost then because he had fought Britain on their strongest point battles in countries where they had colonial leverage and could deploy their navy, which was the best in the world) ten years prior.

The French got a wake up call that day.


VengefulMight OP t1_j9zdol6 wrote

Most battles of the American War of Independence were field battles. The Patriot is historical fiction.

The Boer War talk Britain about how to counter insurgents by cutting off their supply lines and taking the war to them. The Boer leaders got the shock of their lives once Kitchener took over.


VengefulMight OP t1_j9za5yf wrote

Indeed, Britain allied with Japan to fight off the Vietnam insurgency, just months after having been fighting them.

Britain had always been a reluctant enemy of Japan, there was far more closeness between the countries in culture (Britain had taught Japan's Navy and had been allies with Japan ever since the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905), than there was between the USA and Japan.


VengefulMight OP t1_j9z9u7z wrote

Hence, why I said just a grain. Many urban legends have a kernel of truth to them.

Oh absolutely, the idea that witchcraft was a pagan religion being supressed is nonsense.

Witches were considered Christians, just flawed ones. Midwives and others would have actually been used to help carry out the witch trials, to search women for the alleged "marks of the devil".

The reality is that if you were a woman, disease and starvation were a far bigger anxiety than witchcraft accusations.

The number of women allegedly burned (witches were normally hanged, rather than burned, as burning was a punishment for heretics and witches weren't considered heretics) is always massively exaggerated.


VengefulMight OP t1_j9z5jmw wrote

The period before WW1 is remembered as an Age of Innocence but it had its own macabre stuff.

Many of the books bound in human skin, are from the late 19th century and were poor people whom the doctors felt entitled to use their skin to remember them by.

General Kitchener the head of the British Army, kept a human skull he had taken from a dead chieftain and used it to store pencils in.


VengefulMight OP t1_j9yqf37 wrote

There will probably be a grain of truth in that. Most witches accused were women, but most of those who accused them were also women.

So, say a mother loses her baby in a miscarriage and the midwife herself happens to be childless. It is very easy for her to suspect that a jealous midwife has done something sinister.


VengefulMight OP t1_j9w70fd wrote

Probably true. The Boer War I think is a good insight into the tactics The Union might have had to use had The South not surrendered and instead adopted a guerrilla warfare approach.

Britain defeated the Boers in conventional warfare in the early 20th century, however the Boers then adopted commando raiding tactics which were highly effective.

Eventually Britain brought in a scorched earth policy and concentration camps to isolate the insurgents and starve them out.