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What are some uses of terror in warfare?

I remember reading that the Spartans weren't much in the way of fighters and instead relied on physiological warfare to scare their foes into running in combat. IIRC there's at least four recorded instances of the Spartans managing to get their foes to rout before any engagement in classical Greek history.
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>>5769766
>Spartans weren’t much in the way of fighters
8/10 you got me to point it out, nicely done nesting that inside the reasonable OP
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>>5769766
No shit, that was quite literally the entire goal of pre-gunpowder warfare. You weren’t necessarily trying to “kill” a phalanx or a formation of legionaries. Your goal was usually to rout them, and kill them as they fled.
Just look at the 2nd Punic war. Of the 3 major victories Hannibal scored, 2 of them (Trebia and lake Trasimene) were basically just Hannibal making the Romans rout right away.
It was only Cannae that he actually boxed anyone in to kill them, and that only worked because they let Hannibal completely encircle them
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>>5769766
>mustache
this artist is clearly full of shit
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>>5769792
>Just look at the 2nd Punic war. Of the 3 major victories Hannibal scored, 2 of them (Trebia and lake Trasimene) were basically just Hannibal making the Romans rout right away.

at Trebia the first Roman line didn't rout, it just kept going forward and got out of battle thinking they had won, the Triarii fought to the last

at Trasimene the Romans were pushed against a river and couldn't even form up properly
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>>5769792
The Spartans stand out because they managed to rout their opponents in battle before there was any engagement. In one battle the Spartan's foes were trampling one another trying to flee from them in sheer terror without the Spartans having to actually fight. They stand out because they're the ones that made psychological warfare as part of their strategy. They had a uninformed apperance of scarlet and bronze, they went into battle marching in step at a slow pace, and this apparently unnerved their opponents fiercely, they cultivated this terrifying image that won them major battles without actually having to fight. All, if not most iirc, of the battles were one sides breaks before engagement involve Spartans.
But when push came to shove the Spartans were no better than the other Greeks in combat.
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The Gaelic Irish made use of it through Kerns. Kerns were light infantry (as were much of the Gaelic armies but kerns remained to be the specific light skirmisher) who would perform forward raiding parties.
The idea is that they would cut off as many heads as they could and return. Once the battle proper was underway they would be used to demoralise the enemy until the heavier infantry charged.
They were regarded by most as pretty spooky
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>>5769766
>Hate a people of what it do
>That people do what it do for a specific religious and historical reason (muh promised land by my god)
>Inevitabily starts to dislike the reasons that caused the actions you dont like

This explains why leftists loves instead diaspora jews, as they are either non-religious/hide it well. In the end all israel opposition turn into some sort of anti-semitism, either religious, racial, or both

I dont care whoever "wins" between Israel and Arabs btw, simply my observation of the phenomenon
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>>5770238
Crap i reply to the wrong thread
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>>5770238

you open too many tabs anon
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cannabis females and military
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>>5769817
>spartans looked like amish elves
If the public knew this their legend would be over
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>>5769766
>Spartiate
>mustache
"No."
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>>5769766
In one of the battles of the Warring States Period of Preunification China, the Kingdom of Chu was ruled by one particularly tyrannical king.

He opened the battle by sending waves of mindbroken PoWs back to their comrades with swords and they were under orders to commit suicide in front of their comrades.

He sent five waves of crazed prisoners and each committed suicide, which the Shiji (the primary chronicle of the period) said unnerved the enemy.
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During one of his confrontations with Eumenes, Antigonus made his army seem larger by deploying it in a less deep, thus wider formation.
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>>5769766
This guy
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>King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle because its front line consisted of criminals sentenced to death who committed suicide by decapitating themselves
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>>5769766
Spartans let their reputation as "unbreakable" fuck with the enemy morale
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>>5769773
>Spartans weren’t much in the way of fighters
It's true, though. They lost most of their fights. They were just very good at PR. Using the reputation earned from one or two scenarios (some of which they lost, but lost heroically) to carry them.
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>>5769908

makes sense. this is probably how pike warfare was won as well. sort of a chicken race.
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>>5769766
Didn't the other Greek cities rely on Spartan support to win wars until Marathon?
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>>5769766
>physiological warfare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mFR0ujEuAw
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>>5770810
He had a dope ass sword too



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