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4-25-2011 @ 12:24PM
@amaxeI'm not sure you pulled out exactly what i was getting at. I agree that the General Hawthorne's plan was simply to rout the Tauren forces at Taurajo, my issue comes into his military decision.From what is pieced together, General Hawthorne surrounded Camp Taurajo, leaving a small window in the lines for the Tauren civilians to flee north.Considering that we can assume that a lot of those who make up the military within World of Warcraft (both Horde and Alliance side) carry deep seated hatreds towards the opposing faction, sending in ground troops into a soft target is not the way to go.By allowing his ground troops to enter Taurajo after the firebombing, he effectively told his troops to "mop up the survivors" considering that he stated himself that they were not taking hostages. If the real decision was to raze the town and displace the populace, the only things necessary would have been a display of force (aka, the massive military force they brought to bear on Taurjo which contained both infantry from Theramore and Wildhammer Windriders) considering that the "military force" of Taurajo was out hunting.There is a reason why the most modern military now uses a technique called "Shock and Awe" (or Rapid Dominance). For a target such as Taurajo (small town, large civilian population, small militia) the application of "Overwhelming Force" would have been appropriate, as it is designed to cause the enemy to flee, rather than stay and fight.And before I get posts regarding that World of Warcraft is not "modern combat," I'd like to point out that "Shock and Awe" has been around for centuries, and has been used by Sun Tzu and the Roman Legions. It just wasn't until the mid 90s that it was dubbed "Shock and Awe." Considering that there are a lot of great military tacticians on both the alliance and horde side, i find it illogical to assume that no one ever realized the advantage acquired through the application of overwhelming military presence. I mean hell, both the alliance and the horde have been on the receiving end of a form of "Shock and Awe" from the Scourge.Oh, and I know that a lot of the alliance soldiers who were killing civilians in Taurajo were "not following orders" or "went rogue," but you could say the same thing about Sylvanas the Forsaken and Southshore.
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