Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Sabers and rifles co- existed for a surprisingly long time.
But any new development in military technology eventually kills some older instrument or a tactic. Invention of glacis radically complicated the idea of siege ladders. Tanks killed the very idea of cavalry. And I am not talking about infantry advancing in ranks or wildly running forward. Omdurman proved the point.
“ Whatever happens, we have got
The Maxim gun, and they have not”
The battle of Lepanto was won by European galleasses and firearms over Ottoman galleys and bows. Missiles made anti-aircraft guns antiquated. Stingers at their introduction to Afghani mujaheddin were a laughingstock for the Soviet military, but within several months their helicopters and transport planes had to be grounded.
Nuclear weapons... this is another story.....