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Just a few minutes ago I was thinking about old-time armies and how food used to be a problem for them. Why, I don't know. I also don't know why that thought led to this one: that a tactical advantage in that kind of situation to having an army of cannibals would be that food becomes less of an issue - your soldiers can just eat the corpses of their slain enemies. Again, no idea where the hell this all came from. My brain is weird.

Hell, they could eat the corpses of their fallen comrades, too.

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underlankers
Jan. 19th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Why was it a problem for them? First, subsistence agriculture could barely feed people in peacetime. Second, armies have lots of full-grown men, and in the old days at least in the West you had Noah's Ark armies where maybe 85% of it wasn't even from the area. Third, logistics have always been key to warfare, the idiots focus on strategy or tactics, the geniuses focus on logistics.

As to an army of cannibals-actually, cannibalism did play a role in old-school siege warfare when the enemy was reduced to it to keep themselves fed. And of course in Palaeolithic times *all* human and related species of bipedal apes were cannibals.
consortofvenus
Jan. 19th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Where did you get that all humans and related species were cannibals? I'm very curious. As far as I knew a lot of carnivores will not eat each other, let alone their own species.
consortofvenus
Jan. 19th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Even chimps only do it rarely. Then again, rats and chimps do it and they're more like us than, say, wolves and lions in diet.

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