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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby Pz_meyer » Sat Jun 17, 2006 7:26 pm

What about body armor, it's been used going all the way back at least as far as Spanish conquest of the America's up until now, better footwear, and the traveling kitchen
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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby Coyote » Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:01 am

-The submarine

-Balloons or big kites, the first aerial recon/observation :)

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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby CSO CC DJ » Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:22 am

Ronson wrote:Purely from a British point of view :)

The Royal Navy

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Naval supremacy at THAT time dictated control of trade, shipping lanes, exports, etc. However it did not take much longer than 1900 for Naval supremacy to become nearly obsolete.

It is now mostly about Air supremacy. Except for use of aircraft carriers, which again resorts back to control of the air...and the maverick weapon, subs. Battleships are obsolete, destroyers for AA or ASW defense, crusiers mostly for missle platforms.

Though for 1600 - 1900...that is a good answer. England dominated as masters of the sea all the way thru WWII.

Body armour: predates 1600. Probably 2000 BC.
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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby that one guy » Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:46 am

Railroads.
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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby Antony_nz » Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:10 am

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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby polemarchos » Sun Mar 25, 2007 6:48 pm

overall maxim... wars are getting longer, fighting becomes more distant due to technology

1. Hardware: Mass produced Rifle

2. Tactical: Abolishment of inf formation after 1871 (actully after 1905 --> first mg in the japanese Russian war)

3. War culture: The end of war on particular battlefields... war becomes a matter of soil not just crush enemy army...
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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby flamethrower » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:55 pm

I don't think it is the "single" most important military development but it ranks (oxymoron notwithstanding)

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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby CSO_Sbufkle » Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:15 pm

sliced bread
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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby Pz_meyer » Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:53 pm

when brothels replaced sheep herds, and ice for the beer
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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby Pz_meyer » Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:00 pm

A little tid-bit I got off cable today but watching a show on modern day assault rifles, the Ak-47 was actually a collaboration between anatoly Kalishnikov and Schmeisser, so there is in fact a reason why the ak-47 and the stg-44 look alike. something we all new anyway but was always disproved in the past.
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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby Mortus » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:36 pm

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Re: Single Most Important Military Development

Postby Seoma [Crawler] » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:32 am

Breech loading rifles and Artillery. Field medical advancements. The Longbow
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