segunda-feira, 28 de novembro de 2011

Locomotives & War (Boer and Franco-Prussian Wars) - by Carlos Briz


(Class 2-2-0 locomotive)

And here you have them: two more elegant dios from our friend Carlos, with their painting still fresh.



The Boer guerrilla fighters sure knew how make an ambush.

The British regulars had a very hard time catching up with the Boer guerrillas in the Second Boer War (1899-1902), during the guerrilla phase. 
This conflict showed (once again...) that there is only one method to win against an insurgency: utter ruthlessness.


(Class Bournonais 0-3-0 locomotive)


On the other hand, the Franco-Prussian war (from July 1870 to May 1871) was a perfect example of how things can go terribly wrong in a short time, when the general plan is not well prepared - remember that it was France that declared war on Prussia.

The German superiority in tactics, training and materiel took an awful toll on the French armies.

BT