Military Mindsets Jan 12, 2015 1:08:26 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jan 12, 2015 1:08:26 GMT -5
Good question, Buckwheat. I think what you are really asking is how things might have been different at LBH had Major Elliot been leading Custer's advance guard battalion into the valley that day instead of Major Reno. Elliot clearly had a Cavalry mindset.
buckwheat: Easy to armchair qb 130 plus yrs later for sure and I ve never had bullets zippin overhead or human brains splashed in my face,HOWEVER COMMA,,,,,,,,,what if Renos little band of totally scared shitless 3 companies would have actually charged through the lower Sioux camps? Would have that been enough to allow a Custer and his two wings to penetrate either the middle of the camp or hit it from the north end once he (gac) determined where the north end was?
Well, I don't think Reno would need to charge through the entire length of the lower camps. I think Custer would have been happy if he went ahead and charged the first camp he came to. Be that as it may, Reno was within his rights not to charge as the tactical situation they were originally operating under was incorrect and the village was not fleeing down the valley. What would allow Custer's 5 troops to penetrate into the camps from the northern end depended more on Reno drawing out the warriors down to the south end of the village, otherwise Custer would find himself having to fight several thousand warriors intent on stopping his crossing of the river.
buckwheat: Cavalry is shock and awe, while infantry is more of an occupying force.........Cavalrys best defense AND offense is to CHARGE,,,,,,,,Reno, in my opinion, did not have the make up to be a successfull cav leader. Question is did his lack of offense cause the defeat of Custers 5 Companies? That is of course one of the reasons we're here now discussing this I suppose....
Your right about that. Of course, it was not really feasible to get Infantry units that close to a hostile village in mid-summer. Under the circumstances, once the 7th drove the inhabitants out of their camps, they would need to dismount and deploy around those camps in a skirmish line to hold them before their destruction, just as Custer did at the Washita.
buckwheat: I am in the camp that Custer was failed by his two subordinates.....
Welcome to the club, Buckwheat. But you'd best dismount and take some cover behind those trees yonder as your comments above are sure to rile up our resident Reno supporters. <g>