8 thoughts on “Avatar: Metacontextual Edition”

  1. Did you guys ever notice that in “Star Wars” they have superior technology but they use 2GW tactics? All the big battles look like WWI but with robots and “lasers.” I guess this just makes for better entertainment?

    Maybe the US Army should look into “Imperial Walkers.”

  2. Most WW1 commanders would have been embarrassed with Star Wars tactics. The British Army had light infantry 3GW down pat in 1914*. The Brusilov Offensive, the Hundred Days Campaign etc. are all good examples of WW1 commanders who’d moved far beyond 2GW.

    *I’m always surprised that Lind never seemed to have read much WW1 history beyond ‘Germanz iz teh Roxxorz’ books that fetishise Stormtroopers whilst ignoring all the guys who did it first and better, i.e. the Brits and Russians.

  3. I don’t know enough British infantry history to comment on Guy’s post, but Tuchman describes Stilwell commanding offensives (under Pershing’s direction) using what we would describe as 3GW tactics in 1918. [1]

    The writing of Avatar was painfully stupid. The special effects were gorgeous. [2]

    [1] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2010/01/29/review-of-stilwell-and-the-american-expeirence-in-china-1911-1945-by-barbara-tuchman-and-the-generalissimo-chiang-kai-shek-and-the-struggle-for-modern-china-by-jay-taylor.html
    [2] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2010/01/09/avatar-imax-3d.html

  4. All you really need is the Paddy Griffith book* to know about British WW1 tactics. By the Hundred Days offensive the British Army was running combined ops between tanks, infantry, artillery and airpower in a mobile offensive. I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if Stilwell was conducting operations much like 3GW (even if Pershing was a prime pillock), another reason to get the Tuchman book I suppose. Of course the real key to WW1 wasn’t Tactics but Operational Warfare.

    [Lecture over! ;)]

    * http://www.amazon.co.uk/Battle-Tactics-Western-Front-British/dp/0300066635

  5. Thanks for the “lecture,” Guy! 😀

    The timelessness of much of military thinking is one reason why Bill Lind’s “generations of modern war” idea ran into so much heat — its really foolish to think we’ve just managed to invent how to fight.

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