3 thoughts on “Calling All 12-Year-Old Boys…”

  1. it was customary in Europe to dump waste in the moat during sieges, usually by throwing it off the wall. This made attacking the city less attractive because an attack required wading through the moat, etc.

    I suppose the practice would be effective even if there was no moat.

  2. Sanitation and disease were major, often controlling factors in warfare well up into the 20th century. WWII was the first war in which more American soldiers died from enemy action then died of disease.

    Sanitation is one of those icky boring factors that history ignores but which play major roles. Professional military officers spend a lot of time and energy laying out camps so as to protect the health of the soldiers. Its a major part of guerrilla warfare.

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