Can the individual ever again matter in war?

Ever since the invention of the firearm the amount of impact that any "elite" soldier could have has consistently gone down, would anything be capable of reversing such a trend or is that to be the future of warfare forevermore?

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >teenager who wants to be super epicly important thread #418
    No. You will be an assistant machinegunner in an infantry platoon and you will like it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Hey I wouldn't mind that, honestly if I actually joined the army I'd like to have something to do with artillery but there's something to be said for when a society keeping an elite class of soldiers such as knights were is a viable plan.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      So, an assistant responsible for maintaining the weapons and materiel for an elite soldier who has been equipped with more gear than he can handle on his own?

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Knights were a mainstay of armies and fought alongside their retinues in loose formations with other knights. The actual elites of medieval armies were specialist troops which would have included handgonners. If anything, modern repeating firearms have increased the capabilities and importance of the individual soldier compared to knights, whom would be quickly surrounded and brought down when alone.

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    SEXOOOOOOOOOOOO

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Pilots exist.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    yeah

    by being smart enough to tell other c**ts to die for you but clearly you're not smart

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well yes of course, I'm just trying to bring back knights.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    awesome art

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Burgundians had the most aesthetic of armies.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There is a reason fantasy always brings us back to the medieval era.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You aren't quite taking scale into account, i think. The thirty years war, one of the most destructive pre-modern times of war in all of europe, mulched 4.5-8mil people, but that's counting famine and plague and including civvies.
    actual estimates regarding combat was circa ~300k vs ~220k combatants, of whom ~270k and 180k died due to conflict.
    Now that sounds pretty big until you realize it was all over the place and over 30 years of conflict and it was a massive fricking deal all around. Entire regions suffered depopulation.
    Compare that to the afghan war which was relatively small and still involved more combatants on one side of the war than both sides of the 30 years war period.
    The more people involved the less a single soldier stands out.
    Hell, world pop has gone from 500mil durong the 30 years war era to 7bil today. That's gonna matter.
    In short: more fighters actually fighting now, compared to less fighters + most also dying before ever fighting.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    We live in a powered, industrialized society with falling birthrates. The individual matters. But less so than in the past. In the past, power was whatever you could generate with your arms and legs. Industry was whatever your arms could manufacture. And where birthrates were such that people were your primary weapon of war.

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Serbs are a problem.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Can't UN just decide to glass serbia? and mongolia and...

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this fricking Black person is responsible for literally everything that happened in the 20th AND 21st century.

      WW1 > WW2 > Cold War > War on Terror > China > etc.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        > War on Terror
        sandBlack folk radicalization began before WWI...
        Same with chaina

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's gone up since the replacement of the musket with modern arms. It might go up again when drone-RTS war takes over.

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >frag the commanding officer's tent

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