View Poll Results: The #1 war determining factor is:

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  • Understanding the culture and the people of the enemy

    52 57.14%
  • Wealth to fund the war

    12 13.19%
  • Military strategy

    14 15.38%
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    13 14.29%
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Thread: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

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    Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    So discussing with a friend of mine, the argument came up:

    According to him:
    - The single most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war is understanding the people and culture of the opponent.

    According to me:
    - The single most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war is wealth to fund it.

    So, there will be occasions in history were one or the other mattered the most, but overall I still think money makes the final decision.


    My examples were Rome, England, the US. His focused on Indian kings (asia) and the soviet union.

    Tell me your thoughts and examples.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Probably the ability to adapt to the weather.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by eaglestar View Post
    So discussing with a friend of mine, the argument came up:

    According to him:
    - The single most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war is understanding the people and culture of the opponent.

    According to me:
    - The single most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war is wealth to fund it.

    So, there will be occasions in history were one or the other mattered the most, but overall I still think money makes the final decision.


    My examples were Rome, England, the US. His focused on Indian kings (asia) and the soviet union.

    Tell me your thoughts and examples.
    It depends. Let's look at the American Revolution:

    The British should have understood the culture of the opponent, as most of them were British to begin with. Yet, they lost.

    The British had far more wealth than the Colonials did, yet they lost.

    History is full of wars that were lost even though the opponent was well known to the vanquished. Moreover, there are many incidents in which the wealthier nation also lost.

    I'm thinking that there must be other factors of equal or greater importance.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    "Inflicting more damage, in less time than the enemy"
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    "Inflicting more damage, in less time than the enemy"
    meh, there are always exceptions--the American Civil War

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by eaglestar View Post
    So discussing with a friend of mine, the argument came up:

    According to him:
    - The single most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war is understanding the people and culture of the opponent.

    According to me:
    - The single most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war is wealth to fund it.

    So, there will be occasions in history were one or the other mattered the most, but overall I still think money makes the final decision.


    My examples were Rome, England, the US. His focused on Indian kings (asia) and the soviet union.

    Tell me your thoughts and examples.
    I think that the most important factor is the will to win. It must permeate down to the last man, Ho Chi Mihn teaches us that.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Probably the ability to adapt to the weather.
    All the money in the world, all the linguistic training training and all the military genius in the world won't defeat Russia or North Korea in the winter months.

    For the most part I think eaglestar is right. It's probably the wealth to fund the war. You can always buy military genius or cultural training. Not all climates are lethal.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    meh, there are always exceptions--the American Civil War
    The Civil War proves the rule. The Federals won by, "inflicting more damage in less time than the enemy".
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    All the money in the world, all the linguistic training training and all the military genius in the world won't defeat Russia or North Korea in the winter months.

    For the most part I think eaglestar is right. It's probably the wealth to fund the war. You can always buy military genius or cultural training. Not all climates are lethal.
    The Russians and the NORK's are super human?
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The Civil War proves the rule. The Federals won by, "inflicting more damage in less time than the enemy".
    I don't get how you reach that conclusion. The north lost 10% more troops and the war ended at the same time.

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