There has been no shortage of battlefields to explore and remember over the course of many centuries. Which one holds perhaps the most significance to how civilization has advanced?
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Tell that to the British when they invaded India. Franklin is right for the most part, but even he can't deny war, more than anything in human history, is responsible for our rapid advancement as a species.
Tell that to the people on the losing side. How many civilizations have been lost, destroyed, banished, or sent into a cultural, economical, or sociopolitical regression because of war?
I never said it was a good thing. I merely stated it as fact. War brings unnecessary sacrifice and suffering. The fact of the matter is it's survival of the fittest. The reason wars are fought is because the benefits of victory are enormous.
Regardless of its advancing civilization on this planet or not, many believe we'll never visit the stars without leaving it behind for good as an extremely sad collective memory.
No doubt. We need that "Star Trek" sort of peace to make it happen.
To me the most critical engagement that comes to mind is Stalingrad. You have to think about the stake. If the Germans capture it, they gain the oil wells in the Caucasus and the Russians collapse. Then what do the Allies do?
I really don't see how the Germans could have won at Kursk. They were outnumbered and the Russians knew exactly where they were attacking. It was a foregone conclusion. Gettysburg on the other hand was pivotal to an entire hemisphere.
That's correct, they were certainly stopped at the northern point but apparently may have been near a breakthrough on the southern even after the battle on the 12th at Prokhorovka. Hitlers stopping after Sicily invasion may have been decisive.
Zhukov had an entire army in reserve ready for any breakthroughs. Any victory for the Germans was Phyrric at best. If Hitler had stopped us on Sicily it would've been a setback but not decisive.
He sure did. Did any of that that reserve engage at the Prohorovka massive tank battle?
All of it did. That was why the battle was so massive in the first place.
Believe i read in Von Mellenthin's memoirs where they could have won on the south front if Hitler hadn't called off the offensive cause of Sicily. It is hard to see after the 12th though, your right.