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It hasn't always been the case. Napoleon thought Wellington was purely defensive, but he wasnt in Spain to see what happened to his subordinates, his brother included, at Salamanca or Vittoria. Alexander the great, defensive ? Pah ! Modern weaponry however means it is easier to see without being seen, and shoot without being hit. Which particular war did you have in mind ?

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