>>572017 >tfw when you realized the Carthaginians were the good guys who nearly won against insurmountable odds Carthage only enslaved criminals and defeated warriors, basically thugs who would otherwise have to be put to death for practical reasons. They allied with the celts because they were pretty nice guys and didn't let their soldiers rape and pillage like savages whenever they tried to extend their influence into a region making enemies with everyone. Their government, as far as ancient states go, was quite democratic, kind of like Venice, leaders were elected frequently from among wealthy merchants and the previous leader willingly stepped down.
>muh child sacrifice babies were often left in the wild to die by the Romans, at least in Carthage if there was a famine and the child was likely going to suffer and die they did it ceremoniously and out in the open instead of concealing the problem, again, like the slaves, it was a lesser evil
>>571464 >Even France's failure in 1940 looks glorious compared to this lol how even >Prussia is just the single hegemonic state amongst fragmented German states >its army is outdated as fuck >from its western border to Berlin is tiny >actually plays a role in the culling of the conquering forces at Waterloo then WWII France >France is a unified country with most of its clay >has one of the most modern armies >gets completely stomped and conquered by the Germans anyway >navy gets destroyed by Britain >knocked out of the war as a relevant force, apart from Vichy/Free France
>>571448 >Deploying your entire army in the west while surrounded by enemies >Refusing arbitration that would've handed him a fair portion of Macedonia anyhow >Losing hard-fought Adrianople to the Turks at basically no cost to them
>>575510 >Art of War is a meme.Mongols, Manchu, Japs and Europeans showed to us that it is bullshit.
No, it showed that Chinese military examinations were piss poor at yielding good officers. It is more or less pass a civil examination, then study the Seven Military Classics plus what ever else we add to it in order to pass a test on that, then prove that you can do horse archery. Because clearly every single officer needs to be able to do that even if most of the army is not horse archers.
The ideas in the art of war are not bad, but some of the other books on their reading list were or at lest highly 'dated'. The Chinese really needed more education on company & regiment scaled tactics and on leadership skills in their officer training and less artificial glass ceiling content.
Modern estimates are that was 70,000 to 300,000 Persians at the battle of Thermopylae, 305,000 is not impossible to keep supplied in one place. Especially with almost a thousand years tech advance. Having said that I believe that what is up with the size of the Chinese force at the battle of Salsu is what is called now days "ghost soldiers". Basically commanders claim that they have recruited more men then they really have with the plan to steal the supple and pay for meant for those extra men. One of the more common thing for the higher ups to due if they fail to stop that practice is to increase the needed nominal troop number ( to get the formation to the desired strength) and then to give less then what the nominal number of troop would need for supplies and pay. The counter reaction to that by the recruiting/field command officer is to increase the percent of his men that are 'ghosts'. Most cases of this the formation is over 50% of nominal strength, but there is a few cases it it being as low as 30% of nominal strength.
So the number of 305,000 is likely what was on paper for the Sui Dynasty but it was a number that no who was directly involved believed in the lest.
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