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Vox_Veritas
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12/18/2015 5:01:04 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
Asymmetrical and guerrilla warfare generally go hand in hand. The weaker side knows that it has no chance of winning if it uses conventional tactics so it resorts to the use of guerrilla warfare.
Here's my question: since guerilla/insurgent warfare gives you such a huge boost, why don't conventional militaries use this style when fighting other militaries? Wouldn't high-quality equipment, professionally trained soldiers, and large amounts of supplies make an invincible insurgent army?
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12/18/2015 5:07:28 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/18/2015 5:01:04 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Asymmetrical and guerrilla warfare generally go hand in hand. The weaker side knows that it has no chance of winning if it uses conventional tactics so it resorts to the use of guerrilla warfare.
Here's my question: since guerilla/insurgent warfare gives you such a huge boost, why don't conventional militaries use this style when fighting other militaries? Wouldn't high-quality equipment, professionally trained soldiers, and large amounts of supplies make an invincible insurgent army?

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12/19/2015 2:07:45 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/18/2015 5:01:04 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Asymmetrical and guerrilla warfare generally go hand in hand. The weaker side knows that it has no chance of winning if it uses conventional tactics so it resorts to the use of guerrilla warfare.
Here's my question: since guerilla/insurgent warfare gives you such a huge boost, why don't conventional militaries use this style when fighting other militaries? Wouldn't high-quality equipment, professionally trained soldiers, and large amounts of supplies make an invincible insurgent army?

I think that they actually have begun using this strategy. It's why modern armies rely on lesser numbers and greater training. They especially rely on special forces who are supplied with the self-same high-quality equipment you mentioned and who can be inserted into the enemies' infrastructure to destroy it from within. Of course, they also have to also maintain their own convention military in case of a conflict with another like it.
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12/19/2015 2:49:02 AM
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At 12/18/2015 5:01:04 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Asymmetrical and guerrilla warfare generally go hand in hand. The weaker side knows that it has no chance of winning if it uses conventional tactics so it resorts to the use of guerrilla warfare.
Here's my question: since guerilla/insurgent warfare gives you such a huge boost, why don't conventional militaries use this style when fighting other militaries? Wouldn't high-quality equipment, professionally trained soldiers, and large amounts of supplies make an invincible insurgent army?

It's why America has gone away from conventional ground troop warfare and emphasized special operations.
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12/21/2015 10:26:43 AM
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Guerrilla Warefare doesn't conquer nations. Hide a thousand soldiers in the forest, and all you get is a thousand soldiers hiding in a forest. But most nations do incorporate Geurrilla strategies into their tactics, such as surgical strikes, covert operations, etc.
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12/31/2015 7:34:27 AM
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Gurellia warfare wont defend your territory. If you are trying to defend your nation using gurellia war, Why even fight the war?
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12/31/2015 7:06:42 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/18/2015 5:01:04 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Asymmetrical and guerrilla warfare generally go hand in hand. The weaker side knows that it has no chance of winning if it uses conventional tactics so it resorts to the use of guerrilla warfare.
Here's my question: since guerilla/insurgent warfare gives you such a huge boost, why don't conventional militaries use this style when fighting other militaries? Wouldn't high-quality equipment, professionally trained soldiers, and large amounts of supplies make an invincible insurgent army?

To have guerrilla warfare, you need some sort of natural shrubbery to hide your troops. You cannot do this in the desert or in the grasslands. You can only have guerrilla warfare in very densely forested regions, or even regions with jungles or impassable terrain. That's why guerrilla warfare was so effective in the Revolutionary War, as well as wars with Native Americans. They just hid behind the trees and ambushed the troops, and the British didn't have training surmountable to guerrilla warfare, plus they lacked the home field advantage. Same thing with the Vietnam War.

A modern day military will have a hard time fighting a guerrilla war, especially if that military has advanced technology that isn't so easy to hide. Plus, with the usage of an air force, guerrilla warfare isn't really that effective anymore.
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1/1/2016 12:11:14 AM
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At 12/31/2015 7:06:42 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
Plus, with the usage of an air force, guerrilla warfare isn't really that effective anymore.

Gotta love napalm.
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1/1/2016 12:12:29 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 1/1/2016 12:11:14 AM, The-Voice-of-Truth wrote:
At 12/31/2015 7:06:42 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
Plus, with the usage of an air force, guerrilla warfare isn't really that effective anymore.

Gotta love napalm.

Your profile picture.... When BB did that, the entire theater started laughing.

And yes, napalm is so good. You only need 11 kills or something to unlock it.
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1/1/2016 12:13:49 AM
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At 1/1/2016 12:12:29 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 1/1/2016 12:11:14 AM, The-Voice-of-Truth wrote:
At 12/31/2015 7:06:42 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
Plus, with the usage of an air force, guerrilla warfare isn't really that effective anymore.

Gotta love napalm.

Your profile picture.... When BB did that, the entire theater started laughing.

Same

And yes, napalm is so good. You only need 11 kills or something to unlock it.

Mhm. It's my favorite killstreak.
Suh dude

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"Screw laying siege to Korea. That usually takes an hour or so." -Vaarka

"Crap, what is my religion again?" -Vaarka

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1/1/2016 12:14:50 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 1/1/2016 12:13:49 AM, The-Voice-of-Truth wrote:
At 1/1/2016 12:12:29 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 1/1/2016 12:11:14 AM, The-Voice-of-Truth wrote:
At 12/31/2015 7:06:42 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
Plus, with the usage of an air force, guerrilla warfare isn't really that effective anymore.

Gotta love napalm.

Your profile picture.... When BB did that, the entire theater started laughing.

Same

And yes, napalm is so good. You only need 11 kills or something to unlock it.

Mhm. It's my favorite killstreak.

The best part was when Han was motioning for Rey, and Finn was like "why you doin that, why you doin that?
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1/1/2016 12:19:31 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 1/1/2016 12:14:50 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 1/1/2016 12:13:49 AM, The-Voice-of-Truth wrote:
At 1/1/2016 12:12:29 AM, bballcrook21 wrote:
At 1/1/2016 12:11:14 AM, The-Voice-of-Truth wrote:
At 12/31/2015 7:06:42 PM, bballcrook21 wrote:
Plus, with the usage of an air force, guerrilla warfare isn't really that effective anymore.

Gotta love napalm.

Your profile picture.... When BB did that, the entire theater started laughing.

Same

And yes, napalm is so good. You only need 11 kills or something to unlock it.

Mhm. It's my favorite killstreak.

The best part was when Han was motioning for Rey, and Finn was like "why you doin that, why you doin that?

Yeah. That was good, too. The humor in that episode was something different from the other 6. I liked it a lot.
Suh dude

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"Screw laying siege to Korea. That usually takes an hour or so." -Vaarka

"Crap, what is my religion again?" -Vaarka

I'm Rick Harrison and this is my pawn shop. I work here with my old man and my son, Big Hoss, and in 23 years I've learned one thing. You never know what is gonna come through that door.