The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Open Bar: We hacked the DNC and all we got are these lousy emails« on: Yesterday at 03:55:26 pm »
Yeah, marksmanship let the North win the war. Not vastly superior numbers, a strong navy encforcing a blockade and a stronger industrialising economy.
It was being able to pew pew just that little bit more accurately. And as we all know, shooting in your spare time against tin cans is completely transferrable to shooting in massed combat.
Having objectively superior firearms helped, and did improve their accuracy. Civil War letters bitching about Union weapons are kinda hilarious.
Oh, it certainly didn't hurt (except the Confederate soldiers).
But Germany's an object lesson in what happens when even a technologically adept and militarily well trained state without the industrial/population/resources picks a war against states with those attributes. Unless the technological disparities are massive, the training doesn't matter massively either, and so things go down to the numbers and resources. Germany's probably a more extreme example, given it was the economic and population might of the Soviet Union, British Empire and USA ranged against them, but there are some similarities (in particular the weak economic base, combined with unrest within the territory and inability to effectively use all their population in the war effort. An important difference is that the Confederacy could've played defensively, whereas that was not an option for Germany. Without conquest and slave labour, the German economy would collapse entirely).
Of course, the main similarity is that both were really fucking racist.