Originally Posted By pavlovwolf:
Let's put this another way for our Brit and Euro friends. Step back in time for a moment, to say October 25th, 1415, because really, that is what we have if we were to engage in real combat.
You guys have some of the best warriors available, and evenly matched in hand to hand, or.even better than ours.
This time however, with the F22, we have the ability to deploy a longbow. Most of your fighters, as good as they are, would be taken out long before they could take advantage of our weakness, and at the point they were able to, our numeric advantage would lead to a slaughter. You wouldn't have the numbers to engage us effectively once in close battle. Our longbowmen become knight just as capable as yours, and we still have more knights in our second battle line, the F15s.
Battle of Agincourt, part II.
( I am fully aware the battle was much more complex than this. Still a good analogy, as least for me.)
Not a bad analogy at all.......However, for all the advantages of the longbow, it was never guaranteed to stop everything coming it's way, could be flanked and engaged from multiple directions and once the enemy were within the ranks it was useless. All it takes is a fast breakthrough and the longbow becomes vulnerable, and that is the point of this. All systems have exploitable weaknesses no matter how good they are and it is good to find them ad isolate them before using them in anger. There is an element of good fortune, human error and human ingenuity in all these things.
Out of interest, did you know that the Welsh invented the invented the longbow, and it was the English that developed it strategic value and deployed it?
And the skeletons of longbowmen can be identified by the massive increase in upper body bone mass to support the muscular structure needed to operate the weapon?
Those guys were built like Gorillas.