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I don’t think we had something as clear as this when I did my compulsory service as observer in the French artillery in 1980.

One officer who came for a talk at the artillery school had served in the colonial war in Algeria 20 years before, he told us that when he was walking in the desert with his infantry platoon, and some Algerian FLN ambushed opponents suddenly fired at them, he knew only two sorts of artillery observers: those who reacted swiftly and sent a salvo right on the spot (um, I think he added “with bits of people flying in the air” etc.) and those who took a much longer time to send anything… very far away from where it was needed.

(There was mixed – mute- feelings from the audience, we sympathised with his human experience but this war never was very popular in France.)