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Why don't they retreat?! by MadHotaru Why don't they retreat?! by MadHotaru
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:iconshatteredlecrown:
Shatteredlecrown Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
Fighting zebras?
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Monkeythechimp Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Charge a Gatling gun they said it would be a wise idea they said...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCtuZ-…
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PonyStemCell Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Finally I find this picture again! So I finally can addit to the favs. Yay!
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snakeofdeath1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016   Writer
Dam they aren't sleeping right for life.
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:iconbuttsqaures:
buttsqaures Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
They'd rather die than retreat like cowards.
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PineappleWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tactical retreat and reassessment of situation for a more successful following attack
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:iconthechaosmaster64:
Thechaosmaster64 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015
Retreat is not cowardice, not when there's no hope left. Remember that soldier.
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:icondark1ginga-jerome:
Dark1Ginga-Jerome Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
War never change...In your mind, your a murder but your a hero fighting for your country.
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Man-Child Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Does this represent the French Foreign Legion?
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:iconsnapcentino:
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Writer
"Because just like you, they believe in something more powerful than bullets. They believe it is right to charge, right to throw their lives away in service of that cause, because eventually you will run out of bullets, and they believe they will still have warriors to charge across the field."
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mrhistorybuff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
This reminds me of the movie Zulu
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:iconblackgoldodarkmateo:
blackgoldodarkmateo Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
War never changes 
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:icondragon567lover:
dragon567lover Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can't just 'not feel emotions'.
You can't get away from them
No matter what you say do think
They still will take toll on you
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LuminousDreams1397 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Actually you can get away from them. Without locking them or yourself up. All one has to do in order to escape negative emotions is to accept the problem or cause of negativity in its entirety and the emotion(s) will cease to exist. Remember, it's not that you CAN'T do something, it's only that you don't know how. Control over emotions is like swimming. Just because you don't know HOW to swim doesn't mean you can't.
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SavasTheLost Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Italiano-Abyssinian War back in the 1930s speaks to me in this picture.

Bless the noble peoples of Ethiopia, who resisted to the bitter end.
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narrva Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Yep, they honored the human spirit!

Really, both sides honored the human spirit.
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SavasTheLost Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Nah, I look to Ethiopia as the only ones who represent man. 
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migwier Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
The Military is supposed to train you not to feel pity for the enemy.
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:iconredangelz123:
RedAngelz123 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
The camp teaches how to use a rifle, follow orders and survive but to not feel pity for the enemy time and experience will teach yo about that.
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jfkmindequalsblown Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
ie. it turns you into an obedient killing machine that follows orders without question.
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DeathAlchemist94 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If it weren't for the fact that this was in the middle of the desert, I would think this was a Last Samurai reference.  
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Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
You can definitely tell who was drafted
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wrestle593 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
My interpretation is these are not soldiers but civilian ponies who were forced to defend themselves.  Real soldiers are trained to fight.  They would not cry when they have to use their weapons.  This is still a nice concept and the art is amazing.  It's interesting how the one firing the gun has a flower for a cutie mark.  Was that suppose to be a dichotomy?
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FoxfangJohn0056 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Actually, I'm farely certain that they're Soldiers. Only thing is, they're fresh out of training and haven't made a kill until they operated the Gatling Gun.

Still, I think you should get the belief that all soldiers are emotionless beings out of your head. That's Hollywood bullshit. Read up on old war jornals. They give a first hand account on the soldiers who fought there.
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BryanD Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
I recall reading about how the military did studies of how soldiers actually performed in the field in WWI and found that the vast majority of them never actually fired their guns at the enemy. They would go through the motions, or just randomly fire their rifle out into no-man's land, but if they actually saw someone in their sights they wouldn't shoot. The military had to do major changes to their training regimen after discovering this, focusing more heavily on dehumanizing the enemy.

It's a nice reminder of how people actually are not that bad, inherently. We have empathy and we generally don't *want* to harm other people, even when we think they're trying to harm us. I imagine it'd be even worse for ponies whose evolutionary ancestors were more socially oriented than ours were.
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Cdpaliden Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Soldiers are still humans, and all humans - sociopaths excluded - feel remorse when they kill another human being, even in self defense. It might not happen instantly, especially in combat where one is fighting for their life, but it does happen.
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Xhydralisk Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her cutie mark is a flower, which implies that she’s too innocent for this. This isn’t what she wants to do, it’s not her talent. She doesn’t belong here. Which implies NO ONE does.
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Jordnut Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
And just like that, you've shown you have no clue about "real" soldiers and are a civilian yourself.
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:iconwrestle593:
wrestle593 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
And you've shown you are nothing but a troll.
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RedAngelz123 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
My grandfather fought during WW2 as a Machine gunner in the Philippines and I recall that every time that he tells about the war he sometimes cry because of how the enemy charges at gunfire and how they are cruelly mistreated when he was captured during the war. 
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IceStormy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Was this from a movie?

Also nicely done.
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hunterhunter40 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student General Artist
i dunno, man. war is sh1t. you just had the better side of the bucket.
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Stanmarsh2478 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this a real war?
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DrMarathon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Probably a French colony war. The uniforms look similar to the French Foreign Legion uniforms of the late 1800's. 

Now let's say that France in the world of ponies is called Gaul, and that these ponies aren't Gallic ponies, but Equestrians that joined the Foreign Legion expecting something else. Equestria, being a nation that hasn't had a real war in centuries, probably has a pretty ignorant population that sees war as something from legends or the history books.

While they may show violence in their fiction, and may indeed participate in the hunting of monsters, I think that most of the population lacks the knowledge of just how much weight killing another sapient being carries. And may jump into a something like this thinking that they would become like the champions of old, but instead get a crash course in the nature of true misery.  

Equestrians are so like children, unspoiled by the nature of the world outside of their paradise, that they think that it is a given. HA! 

They don't get it. Equestria only enjoys peace by maintaining economically beneficial treaties with far more militaristic nations. Basically, Equestria owns the world economy so the nations of the world fight in Equestria place.

Man, who said that "utopia" was a good thing? 
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Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Looks like WW1 to me
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Stanmarsh2478 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. Probably against the ottomans.
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Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Aye
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Aebus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Yes, the Ottomans surely used arrows and spears.
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Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Yeah, WWI was in that kind of era where the technologies of the world weren't exactly matched up very well.
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McCoda Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
"We have got the maxim gun and they have not." Good depiction of 19th century colonial warfare in a nutshell.
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Stargatepony Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*Gatling
Know your weaponry son, x3
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McCoda Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, you are right about the type of gun. However, for the purpose of what this piece represents, the saying is a fit to the situation.
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Zebalien Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So... have you seen Zulu before? 'Cause I think you'd like Zulu.
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NGPegasus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist
I like this piece. I'm not one to look up art that puts ponies and war together but this is pretty nice.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Princess Twilight Sparkle, "I DON'T BUCKING UNDERSTAND! WHY AREN'T THE TWO SIDES LETTING US BROKER A PEACE TREATY!? WHY?!" 
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Corrupted36 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because violence is the first refuge of incompetence, war uses our best to do our worst.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Princess Luna: "Not all conflicts can be solved with a clean and happy agreement, Twilight Sparkle..."
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Toon-Resurrection92 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the facts of life sweetheart.
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ArticWarfareCanadian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic Work! I love this piece!
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migwier Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Its the Brass Beast from tf2.
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