I will take a look at it dropin. That said, it is Lt. Col. Baker's observation that the major mistakes leading to defeat at the LBH were made by Custer's subordinate officers, not Custer himself. I just thought it would be of value to have a professional Armor/Cavalry officer's view on this issue as it relates to the basic principles of combat that he analyzes so well. I didn't want to give the impression that Clair was standing alone on that issue. Is it any coincidence that among professional military officers, Armor/Cavalry officers tend to support Custer's decisions at LBH whereas other military personnel tend to blame Custer? I wonder why that is?
You need to look at a mass attack by dispersed units in the paper. It states what I have been telling you for years. It has to be timely and at determined location.
Custer sitting around for over an hour waiting the Indians to fix Reno is not a mass attack.
Steve, IMO, there was only one location for a telling mass attack, using what could have been overwhelming firepower. GAC, passed on that option to bid on what was behind door two or three. Regards, dropin
That would require dismounting the assembled companies?
Two couriers came up from Custer requesting re-inforcement, and announcing that he was advancing on the enemy.
..This makes the most sense to me in that Custer was on full offense until he discovered the Cheyennes coming to meet him. A retrograde means a movement rather than the 5 companies picking a defensive site and cooperating with over-lapping fields of fire.
A retrograde is a movement, correct. It is a defensive movement. Everything that happened from MTC onward was a defensive retrograde, Just becuase a retrograde is voluntary doesn't make it offensive. This is where Fox jumps the tracks.
As soon as Reno formed a skirmish he was on the defensive based on opposition. Moving to the timber was a retrograde. Reno said moving from the timber to the bluffs was a charge. At a minimum it may have started out as another voluntary retrograde. But it resulted in a poorly led retreat or withdrawal almost immediately. Any organized movements once on the bluffs were retrograde.
In fact, of the three types of retrograde only two were used during the battle. Delay and withdrawal. Retirement was never used and probably creates enough subterfuge for the exaggerated offensive theories.
Last Edit: Nov 4, 2019 14:16:44 GMT -5 by culpeper