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Old 01-28-2020, 08:01 AM
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Originally Posted by psychonaut View Post
Maybe, but how many men is a plane worth? The message in question was intended to prevent the wholesale slaughter of an entire battalion, which I suppose could be up to a thousand soldiers.
I have seen the movie, and as I recall it the number was 1600 men.

Sending a couple of lance corporals with a message to a battalion several km away is entirely the sort of thing that did happen all the time in WW1. Specifically, the director's grandfather spent a couple of days wandering around no man's land looking for three missing companies to deliver orders.