Victor wrote:As for the morale and dedication, the unity, which our wizard thinks they lacked, just look at Tiganca, Oarba de Mures etc.
I didn't say the Romanian soldiers of WWII lacked bravery. Also, those in Plevna in 1877 had it, as well as those in the 1917 campaign. Enough to be cannon fodder. Unfortunately, bravery is not enough. See my statement above, which I repeat here:
More important that sheer courage are traits like loyalty, unity, desire to improve himself/herself physically, mentally and culturally (which is more related to martial arts than WWII), self-control and resilience. Which I don't find too much around myself, and I doubt were easier to find in the 1940s, judging the memories of various people from the time.
I don't like cowardice, but I like the robot-like march to death only slightly better. I'd expect from a "good trooper" the mentality of a hunter, who thinks himself better than the enemy, and goes to war to fight and win. Like Patton said: "war is won by doing the other bastard to die for his country". Simo Häyhä shot 500 Russians like wolves at a hunting party. Vilho P. Nenonen built from rusty 30-year-old field guns the force that smashed the Soviet attack at Tali-Ihantala. Now, this sounds to me like "pouring butter from dry rock", or by "making whip from... you know what" , to quote from our ancient wisdom. What can "our boys" say in response?
Alixanther wrote:I've seen too many intellectuals (without any military practice) speaking about "the human factor"
One of them being the slimy rat known as N. D. Cocea, if you want an example from WWII times
Alixanther wrote:killing a partisan (franc-tireur, etc.) means a good "human factor"... even better if you hang them in the open
Unfortunately, in the modern world, this good human factor brings you either a noose in Nuremberg, or a prison cell in Hague
Alixanther wrote:Oh, and drop dead that Adrian Severin's quote. If he's a military expert then I'm the Pope. And I'm damn sure he was speaking about the moment when the Soviets demanded Bessarabia (Basarabia) from us.
As I've already wrote, he said it in 1999. When the issue was not Bessarabia, but another major event, towards the south-west.
The events of 1989, 1990, 1991 and later, show he was at least in part right. And he didn't ever bother to speak of our ridiculous, childish vulnerability to manipulation.
~The Witch-King of Angmar