What is a Fabian Socialist and what does it have to do with guns? Good questions, the answer of which hearkens back to over 2300 years ago to the Roman Republic and General Fabius Maximus. Seeing as it is Veterans Day I figured it’s as good a time as any to work in a war story.
General Fabius earned the nickname Cuncator which is Latin for “the delayer” for his tactics used in the Second Punic War against Hannibal.
After the disastrous battles for the Romans at Trebia and Lake Trasimene and the loss of two Consular Armies and Hannibal all but at the gates of Rome, the Romans elected Fabius as Dictator.
Fabius employed a new strategy; understanding that the Carthaginians under Hannibal were a vastly superior fighting force opted not to meet them in pitched battle but rather keep his troops close and harry them as they went. Small…
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