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Old 11-21-2016, 08:08 AM
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~how long could a modern military force (let's say a US army battalion) operate continuously without outside logistics support?
It would depend on how hostile the locals were and what resources were available there. Napoleon did badly in Spain because the locals were so hostile. Troops had to be guarded at all times and farmers did their best to stop them from taking their produce. Wellington, on the other hand, had a friendly populace and a policy of paying for supplies; as well as a supply line back to the UK.

Drop your "US army battalion" into Israel and they could keep going for a long time; drop them into Libya and they wouldn't last very long at all.