Re: Complement wasn't that far off
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Subject: Re: Complement wasn't that far off
Date: 1/15/2002 1:57:36 AM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Complement wasn't that far off posted by
Some private conversation.
Like I tried to explain to Michael here, your average engineer lives in a child-like state of existance. And like a doctor prescribing drugs, has to be kept on a short leash.
Rather, an engineer's pride is like the old Bushido code of Japan. The mentality during world war 2 (especially in the later stages) was that pride, honour, and above all, pride would win out in the face of technological advacement.
Japaneese strategy during the close months of the war was to build uo defenses, wait for the Marines to land in mass numbers, encircle the island, and then break out from fortified positions kept secret through the prevention of fire that allowd the marines to encircle the island defenders.
That's not the way it happened.
Instead of a miraculous breakout, the Japaneese having painted themselves into a corner of fortified dirt mounds on a given island, were basically pushed into a corner by advancing Marines until the japaneese were cut off from supplies, reinforcments, etc.
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