Weir Point Feb 19, 2010 10:23:08 GMT -5
Post by benteeneast on Feb 19, 2010 10:23:08 GMT -5
Feb 19, 2010 10:03:00 GMT -5 @conz said:
Its a good question: What was Reno's mission?
And that goes back to the long discussion about "advance guard" responsibilities he held, the most important of which is to fix the enemy in place so that the higher commander can maneuver against them successfully.
If you don't fix the enemy in place, you fail in your mission. That one thing...not letting the enemy leave you...is the MOST IMPORTANT consideration on Reno's mind, or should have been.
Do you think his most important worry was that the Indians attacking him might suddenly leave him alone and go elsewhere? Was he doing everything he humanly could to prevent that?
That is the ONLY consideration I care about, concerning MAJ Reno, my fellow alumni. <g>
Since the Indians are not militarily organized, I don't think it possible to fix all the Indians other than in a general area. I don't believe that even half of the Indians ever responded to Reno's location. Not through any skill just happened that way. With many camps you have many leaders that could respond to different locations. The amount of time it took for them to get ready allowed more than enough Indians to be in the village location when Custer appeared.
I think the Indians did a better job of fixing the troopers in small units. My choice would be that Custer hit the same Indians that engaged Reno. Short duration fast fight, rally in the valley, Benteen and the pack train come up and then the regiment together destroys what's left.