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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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kengr
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Fay, logistics is always important.

I *know* you watched Connections with me.

Consider that most foods (back in the old days) couldn't be stored easily. The ones that could (grain, beans, maybe salted or smoked meat) would not provide a balanced diet.

Alas, food is bulky and heavy. The few ways of preserving fruit and veggies before 1800 make them much heavier and bulkier.

You need a *lot* of food for an army. And you need wagons to haul it, animals to move the wagons, and food for those animals (no, you can't feed them by grazing. Not if they are doing heavy work)

You reach a point where you have more support people, animals and wagon than troops.

So "foraging" (spreading to the troops to steal food from the civilians in the area) becomes necessary. And if you are up against people like the Russians, they'll just strip the farms and burn the fields.

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