Friday, August 7, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web -- August 7, 2015

Variety is the spice of life:

On a bit of a lighter note:

  • "If every state of the USA declared war against each other, which would win?" Although completely ignoring the impact of terrain, it is nevertheless an interesting read. My own thought is that the natural obstacles to moving a large force into the Intermountain region--particularly Utah--would make it difficult to take that region. It is a natural fortress if you have the men and mobility to protect the mountain passes and access across the Grand Canyon. 
  •  "What Would Have Happened if Germany Had Invaded the U.S. During World War II?" Germany would have still lost the war, only more badly. The money quote: "In addition, everybody had guns. One commonality among the nations conquered by Germany is that private firearms ownership was heavily restricted or simply banned. With no such restrictions here and given the fact that modern combined arms tactics were still in their infancy, it's difficult to see how the Germans would have avoided taking heavy casualties. The Germans would have faced an armed force at least 10 times the size of their invasion force, who were also motivated to ensure that they (the Germans) would lose." It is incredible that the foregoing paragraph got past the editors at Slate.

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