Wandering ’round the ‘net

Could a modern US Marine infantry battalion defeat the legions of Rome? James Erwin took to Reddit to solve this mystery. I have an opinion – what say you?

It is taken as an article of faith that beer foam makes one ten feet tall and bullet proof. Then the nerds got involved: Foam stops bullets and pulverizes them.

Here’s a nice gift for your Liberal Arts major.

That popping sound is the sound of heads exploding. No, not really. Russia really did hack the American elections, in a manner of speaking, in 4 steps.

About DaveO

Retired soldier, micro-farmer, raconteur and pet owner from the great state of Oklahoma. Wandered in as a frequent commenter and have been enjoying blogging ever since.
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2 Responses to Wandering ’round the ‘net

  1. burkemblog says:

    On the MEU vs. the legions of Rome–I think the inability to resupply and the eventual uselessness of much of the electronics would reduce the capability of the marines over time. Roman legions were not in the cannon fodder business–the soldiers were largely long-serving professionals, and highly trained. Interestingly enough, our word salary comes from the word for salt, which is how the legionnaires were paid.

    It’s also hard to control a population over the long term if the conqueror cannot speak the language. Even recruiting a force of former, pre-Vatican II altar boys like me would not give the modern-day force the experience in language to maintain control. None of the Romans would be able to understand their conquerors, and vice versa.(our word barbarian comes from Latin–it was meant to imitate the sound of people who did not speak Latin–“bah-bah” is what the Roman ear thought they sounded like). This would lead to an even worse version of what we’ve encountered in the middle east over the past few decades. When the Romans conquered their middle eastern provinces, they had it easy–the daily language of the people across the eastern Mediterranean was Greek.


  2. DaveO says:

    If one assumes the MEU is carrying 3 days of supply and a standard battle load, and the tribunes failing to notice Zeus smiting their cohorts for 3 days, the MEU will ve forced on terrain and with weapons of the Romans choosing. That usually doesn’t end well for Roman enemies.


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