Monday, 1 October 2018
Somebody Is Getting A Present!
Artillery was never something I gave much thought too - other than it's a damned unsporting way to kill people. I'd think of those guys with the little ones where they set it up on some kind of tripod and base - drop a bomb down the tube and it would go off with a comical sounding 'thooop!'
Where is the fun in that?
The way I figure it is - ya REALLY gotta hate someone to kill them like that. Being an outhouse historian, I've read the many of the legendary accounts of warfare barbarity and crimes against humanity. The muzzies are usually the worst but I remember one account that may or may not involve them - maybe somebody else can chime in? The story went that the naval attackers were trying to establish a beach head from which to assault a coastal fortress. The first beach landing was a failure and the defense captured a bunch of POW's. The navy didn't do too bad either, when they retreated they took some hostages and POW's of their own. The story goes that the defense marched their POW's out to the beach once the attackers had fallen back to their ships - and put all their prisoners to the sword in full view of the naval force anchored just offshore. Seeing this - the admiral ordered all their hostages beheaded - and then their heads were fired at the defenders and what was left was thrown overboard for the sharks. Might have been some naval engagement of the Spanish during the 1700's or something.
The human animal is the only one that does stuff like that. I love the squaddies, the military and the trappings of empire but really - the greasy hippies and elderly pacifists have a point: ya'd think we would all have something better to do.
Have a great Monday!