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This seems to me only marginally more absurd than the practice of warfare in general. Moving into a field of flying bullets is the insanity; whether it be on two feet or two wheels is a minor detail.

That said, both sides used large numbers of bicycles for infintry transport up through world war 2. "D-Day" by Stephen Ambrose details how American soldiers would ditch the bicycles brought to the beaches in favor of captured German models.

I love those pictures. I did not realize they had Photoshop back then, the guy riding up the 45 degree incline doesn't look sweaty at all


Bikes were used extensively in WWI & WWII. Folding bikes were used by the Italians in WWI as well as British and American forces in WWII. Germans used bicycles on all fronts. Bicycles were decisive in the Japanese capture of Singapore in WWII. Bicycles also were critical in the successful movement of ammo and supplies along the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnamese War. Lastly, bicycle brigades played an essential role in plans to protect Switzerland if it were attacked by the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.

I'd like to know what "extensively" means. The only time where bikes seemed to me to make any difference is when they were used by the Viet Cong to ferry heavy supplies. Bikes as a part of the defense plans for Switzerland might've worked out okay if they were being attacked by Soviets etc. on bikes.

"extensively" means "by large numbers of troops in several theaters."

You mean like *thousands* of troops moving down streets without maiming/killing one another? Seems extraordinary to me after all of the possible foul ups that could occur that in the end it was worth the time and effort. At least in marching your troops are going to get there, and get there together.

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