Thoughts on the military and military activities of a diverse nature. Free-ranging and eclectic.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Roads I.

This is coolbert:

“Lieutenants think tactics. Generals think logistics [supply]!!”

Roads have always been an integral part of a military effort. Allows a commander to move his force in an expeditious manner. AND, allow also for replenishment of supplies, reinforcement, etc. The force can be sustained for an extended period of time AFTER deployment and movement.

Roman roads.

Built to last. Some of them ARE STILL IN USE TODAY! Very well constructed, running in as straight as line as possible when feasible. Used for commerce AND THE RAPID MOVEMENT OF LEGIONS!!

"The builders aimed at directional straightness. Many long sections are ruler-straight"

I have to think that the Roman roads, having an obvious utilitarian function of course, also had great psychological value as well. The conqueror [Roman invader] is saying to the conquered [the natives] two things:

* “We are here to stay. Get used to it.” Impressive structures such as these roads are NOT just an expedient measure. For the long haul.

[I can recall such sentiments being raised during the Vietnam War. Especially with regard to the U.S. facility at Cam Ranh Bay. A massive port complex, part of the U.S. logistic effort. Was used by Soviet naval forces in the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Indo-China. NOW lies more or less derelict!!??]

* “We, the Romans, building in straight lines as we do, EVEN DEFY THE FORCES OF NATURE ITSELF!! WE ARE able to overcome all obstacles!! YOU TOO if need be!! Resistance is futile!”

"Roman architects preferred to engineer solutions to obstacles rather than circumvent them."




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