Before I begin, I will tell you all this, I am a HUGE
zombie fan. If it has zombies in it, then I'm watching, playing,
or reading it. In creative writing, I was asked to give a small
lecture the other day on the Battle of Yonkers, New York. (World
War Z.) It was to be given as if the war was a real thing. I
thought it would be a good idea to put my "lecture" on this site.
I think I would like to start with a brief recommendation, if you
have not read the book, then this might spoil some things for
you. I suggest before you go any further, you read this book. It
is a great story told in a news reporter type setting. The
lecture is as follows.
Although several countries showed signs of military
involvement, none showed quite the involvement as the U.S.
Although their efforts failed and cost even more precious lives
when there were few to remain in the first place. The Battle of
Yonkers, New York, if you ask anyone, was probably the worst
failure of the U.S. military. Instead of placing troops on top of
buildings, in apartments, or perhaps using more direct tactics
instead of "Cold War Bullshit" tactics, then the battle may have
taken a different approach. Or, as some veterans of the battle
suggested, although this makes me cringe, destroy New York. But,
the military did not do this. They instead placed their soldiers
on the ground, in heavy, clunky body armor, and with minimal
supplies. Even the tanks, Helos, Humvies, and other vehicles were
given minimal shots to fire. How is a military expected to
destroy an enemy that requires a very small kill zone to kill?
How can they kill said enemy with only four, maybe five shots?
Bombs do a lot of good when you are fighting humans who can be
killed by hitting several places on their body. Zombies on the
other hand require only destruction of the brain. Bombs are great
for a show, but they do nothing as far as efficiency.
You can have the most technologically advance army in the
world, but you will be able to do nothing if you can't control
the fear factor. Sun Tzu wrote "the game of war is nothing more
than using your might to make your enemy give in." (The Art of
War) Fear is a contagious disease, made all the more easy when
you are facing an enemy that wasn't supposed to exist outside a
child's nightmares. That is furthered by the fact that this enemy
can take a grenade blast to the chest, blow half of its body to
shit, and still get up and keep coming. Tell me that wouldn't
strike fear into your heart.
During an interview, former Army infantryman Todd Waino
said, "Shock and Awe: that was the name of the first round of the
Gulf War. Well, what the hell happens when the enemy can't be
shocked and awed? Not just won't, but biologically can't? That's
what happened that day outside Yonkers, a single failure that
damn near cost us the war. The fact is that we couldn't shock and
awe the walkers. That little fact boomeranged back into our own
faces and allowed the fuckers to "Shock and Awe" us! They will
never be afraid, no matter what we do, they will never be
Waino was an infantryman on the front line of the first
stage of World War Z. He experienced firsthand the Battle of
Yonkers. He watched as the military's final act to stop the
menace was a thermobaric weapon. They bombed Yonkers in a pitiful
attempt to destroy the walkers that infested the area. This was
certainly a dark day in U.S. and World history.