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Friday, February 21st 2020, 3:48pm

I wish General Piron bon chance in his endeavors to persuade the Belgian General Staff to change their strategies and defense priorities. As I recall there was much discussion surrounding the Belgian decision to fortify its borders and turn its cities into fortresses in following the 'Tar Baby' strategy. That sounds great on paper but presumes that the enemy will attack you head on and not maneuver around you. Piron obviously sees that fault.

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Saturday, February 22nd 2020, 12:24am

The (WW) French Army underwent a very similar transformation between 1930 and 1940-ish, so General Piron has at least one relevant example at hand. Granted, the resources of France are significantly larger than those of Belgium, and their experience is significantly more varied.

Currently, the French leadership (and associated military thinkers, writers, etc) sees the Western Front, with it's static slogging match, as somewhat aberrant even within the context of the Great War. After all, the only equivalent was the Italian front, where the Italians failed to defeat Austria-Hungary even when the Atlanteans knocked on the gates of Vienna. The Atlantean-led campaign that started in Asia Minor and ended in southern Germany definitely figures more prominently in French estimates of "how we want to win a war in the future". France is, however, saddled with the puzzle of how to conduct such a war of maneuver in the mountains and jungles of the northern Vietnamese border, which is now viewed as their most likely zone of conflict...

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Saturday, February 22nd 2020, 12:35am

I recommend adhering to Vizzini’s advice, “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” There are far more effective modes of warfare. 8)

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Saturday, February 22nd 2020, 10:42am

Well its only a matter of time before Belgian doctrine changes. Fixed defences are always useful to a degree but obsessively large forts are at best a sponge to soak up the invader's initial attack.
With the CATI and a new generation of recoilless rifles, the seeds of the change are there for a more mobile defence and cheaper too.