what I said, if you actually read it, was that "anyone with real world military knowledge knows that once the bullets begin to fly, there are no guarantees" If you truly have any real world military knowledge, you cannot argue that point.
If you must know, I do have real-world military knowledge and experience, and think that the statement that "once the bullets begin to fly, there are no guarantees" is a ridiculous statement. You are basically saying that if Luxembourg attacked the US, we can't really know who would win because "bullets are flying"? The fact is that wars are much more involved than "flying bullets" and involve, you know, economics, geography, diplomacy, etc.
You surely are not comparing the Wehrmacht vs the Red Army to Luxembourg vs the US Army??
Iraq vs the US Army was still nowhere near the comparison, but I sat in on a lot of staff meetings where there was worry even there.
Glanz is alright, but there are quite a few historians who would disagree with his assessments, including Col. Betros, the dept head of History at the US Military Academy(West Point), Anthony Beevor, author of a great many books on the subject, just to name two..
Well, sure, in any given battle, it can go either way. History is full of examples where the smaller army won. (The better trained/commanded one.) RE Lee comes to mind.
But to follow that example, even though Lee checked Grant again and again, he couldn't make Grant quit. The North had more of everything. Yes, it took awhile to get it all moving. But once it did, the South was out matched.
The GPW was the same. The Germans destroyed army after army after army. But for every dozen divisions they destroyed, a dozen more showed up. The Soviets mobilized more than 10 million during the first eight months. While it is true that many of them were half the strength and had nowhere near the experience of the Germans, it isn't like the Russians were the Incas and the Germans were the Spanish.
Someone, and I don't remember who, compared the Geramn attack to an elephant vs ants. The elephant will kill hundreds of thousands, but the ants will kill the elephant in the end.
Ask jaw for that pdf he posted about. It *really, really*, is worth the read.
What's the most terrifying word in nuclear physics? Oops.