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Old November 12 2012, 02:09 PM   #34
Timo
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Re: Ensigns of Command question..

I doubt Goshy was the type to make a sacrifice for the benefit of others like that.
Well, he did say he wanted to die defending that which was his. It would be "for the benefit of others" only in the sense that others would then enjoy the privilege of watching his statue and reading about his greatness.

Then why would Germany attack?
In this particular situation, purely because of symbolism. By the time the V-2 bombardment finally became effective, Germany had already lost the war, and the wise solution would have been to start negotiations with the West before the East overran Germany. But Hitler wanted to negotiate from a position of strength only, and such things would never be available to him again. So it was really just a matter of going down fighting to make a good impression in the history books.

By that logic, no country would ever go to war with someone unless they are next door neighbors.
The logistics of anything else would have been intolerable in most periods of history anyway. But today it's customary to go to war far away, without any sort of ambitions of conquest. Because then any retaliation will face the problem of buffer nations or other logistical problems, unless the initial victim is a superpower itself. And superpowers don't get invaded.

Timo Saloniemi
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