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1. Some rambling thoughts that occur to me as I ponder the #UkraineCrisis: A Geopolitical Tweet Thread of Uncertain Proportions.

I really fail to understand the number of people I see actually defending #Russia re: #Ukraine.
2. #Russia has security concerns. I agree. History and geography necessitates they are going to be wary of being attacked, particularly across the North European Plain.
3. But if you want to keep your neighbors out of a rival alliance, invading, seizing territories, ignoring security guarantees previously given, interfering with their internal affairs, and massing hundreds of thousands of troops on their borders doesn't seem like the best method
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#frederickthegreat #friedrichdergroße #prussia #sevenyearswar #OTD #Leuthen 1757 13:00 Now a loud call breaks the silence. „Vorwärts Marsch!“ No pity. Raise the flags of the king and the the regiments. Then silence is absolute over. At first the drums and then the fifes.
The sound of the lockstep. In oblique order, the right wing at first. Major-General Wedel takes the lead. The every next Regiment left of the first, 50 paces behind the other.
Meanwhile, Zieten and his cavalry, who pretended to attack the austrian centre, launches a feint attack. After seconds, they swing to the right and out of the austrian sight. In the centre and on the austrian right wing, they think, the battle is over and the prussian king
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#OTD #Frederickthegreat #friedrichdergrosse #preussen #prussia On the 3rd of December the king ordered his generals to him. His speech was the famous Parchwitz address. „[…]Against all rules of the art of war, I will attack an enemy, who is nearly three times superior in
his numbers, who is entrenched on the higher ground. We have to dare this step or all is lost. We have to beat the enemy or we are buried before his batteries. In this situation, in which I am, it’s about victory or death!
If we underlie, all is lost. Think gentlemen, that we will fight in this enterprise for our honor, for the continuance of our home, for our women and children. Those of you, who think like I do, can be assured, that in case of your death, I will take care of your wives and
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#frederickthegreat #friedrichdergroße #prussia #sevenyearswar 09:00 Artillery-units reach Parchwitz. It‘s cold and some snow falls in small and soft flakes. Only small fires are allowed. Some Grenadier‘s melt water to get a hot drink. Salted meat and bread from the day before.
They are a bit excited. Their king has already awaken. Where he rides, you hear a „viva“! Not loud, but they trust their king. When he is in the lead, there surely be a victory. Seydlitz is here. Famous cuirasses leader of Rossbach. And the 5th dragoons.
The heroes of Hohenfriedberg.
But there are rumours that they are outnumbered by the coalition. They will answer the Austrian and French arrogance with blood and iron, with fire and sabre. Most of the Prussians are no foreign mercenaries. They are sons of Prussia. Born under
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