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Aztecs and other American cultures favored clubs. See the macana (Taino) or the Aztec machuahuitl: These clubs were studded with obsidian, and so were sharp and could be used to slice like a sword. But they still lent themselves to a different kind of combat: The maquahuitls were incredibly strong, and the Spanish claimed they could chop the head ...


It is foolish to apply literally the maxims applicable to a mostly-levy army 2500 years ago to more modern forces. There is much of value to be found in The Art of War, as well as much that has faded from applicability over the centuries; one must read with understanding to distinguish one from the other. Caesar, only 400 or so years subsequent to Sun Tzu, ...

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