[Marxism] Vanguard (was Re: Hampton)

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Sat Nov 7 20:56:30 MST 2009

On Nov 7, 2009, at 6:29 PM, S. Artesian wrote:
>  ...The Panthers claimed to be a "vanguard,"...

What exactly is a "vanguard?"

For every great commander, from Hannibal to Rommel, the role of the  
vanguard is to be first to attack the enemy's front line.  It is  
expected to undergo heavy casualties* in order to draw the enemy  
forces to the point of attack while your own forces prepare the  
decisive blow elsewhere.  Victory  depends on the cavalry on the wings  
and, above all, on the strategic reserve**. The Panthers did indeed  
act like the vanguard--of an army that had not yet even been  
mobilized.  They were decimated accordingly.

*When King David wanted to get rid of an inconvenient husband he  
ordered his general to put him in the vanguard.

**At the crucial point of the Battle of France in May 1940 the British  
commander asks his octogenarian French counterpart, Weygand, "where is  
the stratgic reserve?"  Answer: "there is none."

Shane Mage

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> always was and is and shall be: an everlasting fire,
> kindling in measures and going out in measures."
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