In conversation with my military friend, John, our conversation swung to readiness
actually being mentally as well as physically and spiritually prepared.
John pointed out all of these features are interrelated in a warrior. However, he related the following event which occurred at the turn of the 19th Century and I am going to use it as an illustration of improper information affecting the engagement of an army going into battle.
The gist of the story goes as follows, the battleground was set, the buildup had occurred, and the actual time for the attack to take place was determined. To fully
comprehend why the result happened as it did, the battle was over in 15 mins. and the attacking force of seasoned warriors was totally wiped out. There were 500 souls taken in that span of time, The 500 were armed with shields of hard-faced leather and 5 foot Spears (2 per man) along with a manchette style blade, and daggers.
The defending force of 50 troops well-positioned and heavily equipped with repeating rifles, machine guns, mortars, grenades and sidearms. Stood their ground and within 15 mins wiped out the charging 500.