weapons at the LBH Nov 30, 2015 14:20:41 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Nov 30, 2015 14:20:41 GMT -5
Wild: It is relative. 20 fatalities among 2000 is light casualties . 20 Dead on a skirmish line is doom.
However, the lesson we learn here is that Reno's 20 minutes of fighting on his open valley skirmish line resulted in 0 dead.
Wild: AT odds of 10 to 1 the trooper had 1 chance in 10 of surviving while the Indian has 1 chance in 10 of being hit.
With the same logic expressed above, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Army would have been destroyed by Darius' Persians at Guagamela. Of course the result was quite the opposite.
Wild: On the skirmish line they knew they were toast while on the Indians side they knew they had their tormentors in the bag. The morale difference was worth another 1000 Indians.
And yet Reno suffered no casualties whatsoever during his 20 minutes of fighting on his skirmish line on the open valley floor. So why in the world would anyone (other than yourself) think he was "toast?" Turn your back and try to run and you will soon find yourself burnt to a crisp.
Wild: As regards range it is effective range which counts . The range of the carbine might be 400 yards but the effective range is between 200 to 300 yards.
If the effective range of a Springfield carbine was 300 yards, the effective range of a repeater was 150 yards.
Although the range of the Indian weapons might be 100 yards less the effective range would not be all that different .
I would put the effective range of Indian repeating arms at about 1/2 that of the Cavalry carbines. As far as your notion of effectiveness is concerned, Crook's men shot off 25,000 rounds at the Rosebud Fight a week earlier, hitting less than 2 dozen warriors, with even less suffered by the troopers. If your effectiveness translates into enemy hits, I would contend it is generally ineffective for both sides.
Wild: The horse allowed the cavalry to catch the Indians but this achievement was offset once the trooper dismounted .Dragging a large sized animal around a fire fight is a joke.
A classic Infantry analysis of a Cavalry/Mobile engagement.