The Angry Staff Officer wrote a post that I’ve been thinking of for a long time. It’s better that he did, because he knows much more about military science than I do. (ROTC was a looong time ago.)
The Battle of the Pellenor Fields is a good example of several points of military science. It uses a lot of jargon, but it gives me a chance to ask a question I’ve wanted to ask for a long time.
And if the Rohirrim at their onset were thrice outnumbered by the Haradrim alone, soon their case became worse; for new strength came now streaming to the ﬁeld out of Osgiliath. There they had been mustered for the sack of the City and the rape of Gondor, waiting on the call of their Captain. He now was destroyed; but Gothmog the lieutenant of Morgul had ﬂung them into the fray; Easterlings with axes, and Variags of Khand, Southrons in scarlet, and out of Far Harad black men like half-trolls with white eyes and red tongues.
Here’s what I want to know about the internal structure of the armies of Mordor: what do you have to kiss, how many times, before you get assigned to sit in Osgiliath during the fighting and only come out when it’s time for pillage and rapine?