America: new developments in warfare and weaponry

Door San Daniel gepubliceerd in Verhalen en Poëzie



Where people with different views live, conflicts are born. This conflict formation is reinforced if the conflicting parties belong to a different tribe or have a different skin color or have a different religious belief. Differences in language makes the "other" party a more recognizable enemy. For example, Germans became "Krauts", the Japanese became "slit eyes", Italians: "wops," and our dark fellow men: "jungle bunnies" Roman Catholics became" papists "and Protestants became "sham saints"or "Reformed fagots."

There have always been wars but the weapons are changing

In a previous article I already argued that in the early days someone with the biggest club was 'right.' Certainly if he was also the strongest of the tribe. If the opponent did not have a weapon, then the battle was decided before it started. Numerical quantities also play an important role in conflicts. A tribe of 20 people would not easily seek a conflict with a tribe of 50 men. It then becomes a realistic "Risk game" which in turn was a derivative of how human thinking uses the moment to attack a country or group. In the "risk" game, you build up forces until you are sure that you can overrun your opponent.



Knights as a living weapon

A knight was usually Lord over a territory. He owed his allegiance to a higher-ranking nobleman who in turn had sworn an oath of allegiance to the king. We have kept romantic images of knights. A knight was a knight if he had a horse and was employed by a lord. The word knight comes from the word rider. The English word knight comes from the teutonic word knecht, meaning servant to indicate that the knight was in the service of a gentleman.

The Spanish for knight is Caballero and that is because he had a horse at his disposal, a caballo. It is clear that in all these linguistic areas and spheres, a warrior on horseback with armor had a huge advantage over the foot people: the warriors who were mostly recruited from poor serfs, farmers without rights who with a lance or pitchfork as a weapon, try to get out of a battle unscathed.

Knights could hardly move because of the weight of their armor. They were hoisted in the saddle by a crane. If they fell, the battle was over for them. Protected in armor on a horse that was also armored, they mowed themselves with a broadsword through the footmen who had no chance at all.

If they were overpowered, they usually ended well. They were then held in custody until the family had paid a ransom or a bail, after which they received their weapons and were sent home. Knights who served the same Lord had his code of arms on their shield so that you knew who your fellow warrior was and who your enemy was.


The crusades lead to lighter armor and better weapons

The knights who went to the holy land on a crusade to liberate the holy land from the Saracens saw how the Arabian horses of the Moorish warriors were smaller and more manoeuvrable, and how they wore very different armor. a so-called malienkolder. a suit made of small rings that overlapped so that a sword could not penetrate and you could not be stung to death by a lance. the advantage was that with such a chain mailer you were agile and could fight with more ease because of the difference in weight with a harness. They also adopted an Arababian invention: the cross bow. A bow that was many times stronger and could shoot much further and through which the enemy sooner came within arrow distance.

Muskets, and guns and bullets meant the end of the knights

The use of gunpowder, with which you could fire a bullet that went through a knight's armor, was the end of the man-to-man warfare. You no longer had to knife or stab a weapon in opponents, crunching its way along a rib. No, it became less personal, you aimed from a distance, without having seen his face at your opponent and he dropped dead. Your hands remained clean and only in the event of an attack did you ever have to kill someone with your bayonet, but the large numbers of wounded and dead people were put out of commission from a distance.


If then also flying gear appears, the day is done

During the 1st world war the warfare changed very drastically. The ground troops were now being shot at and bombed from the air. The sopwit fighter pictured above had a machine gun in 1915 that shot through the propeller without hitting it, so in the intervening passing moments of the revolving propeller, an invention of Fokker. In addition, the enemy was bombarded with mustard gas, the first chemical warfare ever, which burned the soldiers' lungs.


Technology had made its indelible entry into warfare

As if that wasn't bad enough, the tank came on the scene for the first time. a kind of heavily armored converted tractor that could go through anything and sow death and destruction with machine guns. Mass destruction weapons were born.The calvarie had to make way for tank divisions. The navy was given submarines and one development was not yet taken into use or the next development announced itself.
The 2nd world war showed a battlefield dominated by tanks with support from ground troops. The submarine boats were active in the waters and torpedoed unseen, hostile ships. Floating mines were laid against enemy ships, while the air weapon, the air force, was decisive for the outcome of a battle.


The atomic bomb becomes ultimately the deciding factor in the 2nd world war

When the fight was decided in Europe, it still raged on in "the Pacific". The Japanese were eventually forced to surrender after two atomic bombs were dropped destroying the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. The effect was horrific, people close to the core of explosion evaporated, farther away, they dragged themselves forward while their skin melted away. Further from the source of the explosion, everything was swept away by an enormous pressure displacement and afterwards people died from the high radioactive dose. Hundreds of thousands of people died caused by just 2 bombs.




The world will never be the same again. The atomic weapon determined the world politically from that moment on. You could say in comparison to the beginning of this article: the Americans wielded the biggest club.

Not only did they have the largest club, but by owning it, they changed the world. America has a very highly developed weapon industry that guarantees increasingly modern arms of destruction. Her army is exceptionally well equipped and wherever she enters the fight, the battle is almost always decided in her favor. In the fight against Iraq to liberate Kuwait, helicopters first cleared up entire tank battalions. They were almighty flying fortressess. The fight was quickly decided in favor of the one with the most modern weapons: the Americans.


The latest developments seem almost like science fiction but are bitter reality

The next war is won by the one with the most high tech possibilities. The American army is now developing a non-lethal, but precision-shutting bullet for small targets. This nonlethal bullet has something very special. You shoot it and it floats in the air for up to 20 minutes, waiting for its goal. Every shot is a hit without you running a risk.
Very innovative by all standards, but that is what they thought as well in the 1st World War when the first tank came thundering through the trenches. You could call them smart bullets that only eliminate the enemy. This sounds unlikely but the industry is in the development phase of these smart bullets. A weapon with a spin off to society of which industry says it can be used by the police to fight riots. This sounds very scary.


The flying kamikaze robot has been put into use and is a big brother of the smart bullet. The American army has called the big brother our "switchblade". The switchblade is launched and unfolds its wings, then it "seeks" a militant or terrorist and "plunges" into the target, the group of terrorists, or their hidingplace and blows up. The launch soldier follows its flight through a nose probe in the robot and can determine right up to the last moment whether or not the robot should kill. The US Army has contributed 4.9 million to the "switchblade". The switchblade is now operational. The CCWS: Close Combat Weapon Systems unit of the US Army has signed the contract for the purchase of the "Switchblades".

The US Army has now ordered the first pain ray trucks

This is really reminiscent of Star Wars. Death rays, phasers, irradiation you name it. It all comes down to remotely eliminating the enemy.


What does the pain ray do and from what distance? The US Army has just bought the first five pain ray trucks at a price of $ 25 million. The system is called the silent guardian: the silent guardian projects a microwave beam that you can increase in intensity. A bit like, for example, standing with your head in front of an open roaring oven, which hurts your face to an intensity of 2nd to 3rd degree burns. The beam sweeps over a radius of 700 meters and picks up everything in the field from a height of 0 to 2 meters. Everything in that range is "pulsed" with the energy projectile. At a stronger intensity, it kills immediately. The army has had internal discussions and believes that the weapon is not immoral because it protects its own troops against attacks from malicious enemies. Therefore you could call it humane, says spokesman Dr. Alt for this discussion group.

Yes, it's just what you call humane, says San Daniel. I'll use my microwave with mixed feelings tomorrow. "

San Daniel 2019


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