Fwd: [Marxism] News from the glorious offensive in Western Iraq
intnsred at socialismonline.us
Thu May 12 16:47:21 MDT 2005
> Having 4+ killed, 10-14 wounded in a company size unit is bad enough. To
> lose an entire squad and to have 60% casualties in a single 40 man platoon,
> to put it mildly, is devastating.
And that's an understatement. The military's general rule of thumb is that
a unit that takes 30% casualties is termed combat destroyed. The unit can
still function to some minimal degree, but with that many casualties in a
short period the morale of the unit is a disaster and the psych trauma
typically renders it ineffective.
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