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To: jmacusa

Gas is only another parameter in the combined armed approach to warfare. It basically slows the enemy troops which now have to don costly and expensive protective equipment... or die in greater number, whichever the calculation dictates.

By itself it is not very effective, just don a mask and cursory protection, in the gas attack is pretty much ineffective. However, as a terror weapon, as a Sarin Tokyo style surprize attack, or combined with a conventional attack, it can level the playing field and add to the confusion and flanking of the enemy.

Much as Napoleon combined infantry, cavalry and artillery into an effective mean, add gas to that combination to complicate things and it works.


38 posted on 11/22/2012 7:46:49 PM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: JudgemAll
Gas is a weapon when used in the open air is entirely at the whim of which ever way the wind is blowing. As I said my late grandfather was with the US Army's First Gas and Flame regiment in WW1 and was twice wounded when his units own gas blew back over them when the wind shifted. He was wounded only once by German gas. He always said gas would be a more effective weapon when used against a civilian population and always used the example of releasing a large enough canister into the ventilation system of a large office building or hospital. He'd always say “It doesn't take an army. Just one man’’. Personally I think it's the deviousness associated with such an unconventional, if you will ‘’ungentlemanly’’ or cowardly use of gas that makes it so reprehensible(not to mention its physical effects) and would invite massive retaliation against any army who would use it. In the cold calculus of waging war it is those weapon systems that prove to make the most casualties that are favored over those, how ever their potential maybe in theory but in reality don't live up to it that end up being employed.
41 posted on 11/22/2012 8:45:27 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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