GarryB wrote:War is often called a game, but the stakes are death... very few people would enter an actual game where the stakes were their life where they had to use equipment that they knew was inferior to the other side.
It is not just the west as we know it today... before WWII started most British Empire countries believed Japanese planes were made of rice paper and could not fly in the rain. The Zero was the best fighter anywhere in 1941, its problem was that it didn't improve and change when it came up against different enemies.
The Germans thought the pinnacle of Soviet tank production was the T-32 multi turreted tank and the T-26 light tank.
The point of course is that it doesn't matter how good or how bad your equipment is, it is how it is used... tactics... and how your enemy reacts too.
German Panzer 2-4 tanks were inferior to the T-34 and KV-1 tanks they faced, yet they were still effective because they operated as a team with good communications... they called in air support and artillery to deal with targets their own guns couldn't deal with, or they bypassed the enemy strong points and left those problems for the infantry forces to reduce and destroy.
The west is never going to admit to having inferior material, even when it is obvious, because they can secure local superiority in numbers, and they also have what are called force multipliers and of course good communications to allow them to be far more efficient and effective with their use of force.
Even if Serbia had F-22s they still would not have won over Kosovo... NATO would simply have launched cruise missile attack after cruise missile attack against all the potential airfields it could have operated them from.
Contrary to the all popular Blitkrieg myth which has taken hold in the West, I don't believe the Germans had an actual coherent operational doctrine that was widely taught and applied. They never mechanized/motorized more than 20% of their formations and only the very best/elite units received half-tracks. Most infantry divisions marched on foot, had their artillery towed by horses, and they were lucky to have one battalion per division motorized with truck.
The campaign in France was won through a number of factors, but the idea of an armored/mechanized German juggernaut crushing the French in a "Blitzkrieg" is essentially a myth. Yes the armor blasted holes in the French lines but it was primarily the German infantry, rapidly advancing, who won the day and secured the victory.
The Soviets achieved operational parity with the Germans by early 1944 and were consistently beating them by mid-late 1944. There were several major operations where the Soviets were outnumbered by the Germans and managed to win while losing less the Germans. Such a thing would have been unheard of in 1942 or even 1943 [to say nothing of 1941]. By late 1944 the Germans were faced with an opponent who had a better doctrine, more equipment, more infantry, more guns/artillery, more aircraft, more tanks, with the tanks being at least equal to the average German tank [I'd say the T-34/85 was at least equal to the Panzer IVH and IVJ and close to being on equal with the Panther].
The Germans were greatly harmed by attrition but the classic Western image of the Soviets sending 20 million screaming men, half with rifles, the other half with instructions to "pick up the rifle when the other man goes down" might have an element of truth if applied to 1941, but it is absurd to think such methods are how the Soviets gained the initiative in 1943 and then took the war to the Germans in 1944-1945.
Serbia has something the West does not have... Time!
The Serbs suffered under Turkish/Ottoman rule for centuries and they waited, they bided their time... The Greeks did the same, as did the Bulgars. The more time goes by the weaker America and the NATO become due to their ridiculous welfare state policies and their unwritten rules of bailing out poorly managed financial companies with $500 billion dollars or $1,500 billion dollars courtesy of the tax-payers. Serbia can wait 20-30 years until the American economy totally implodes to the point where it cannot sustain a modern military and it no longer has the logistics system in place to allow for projecting divisional and corps power overseas.
The only thing that the Serbs must stand on guard against is the encroachment of Western pop culture, hip-hop, rap, "gangsta" life, Britney Spears, MTV, VH1, and other such filth. If they swallow all of that they will find themselves poisoned and their people will lose the will to recover historic Serbian lands.
Serbia can wait a few decades and beat America through their patience, as long as they don't accept garbage pop culture and decadent consumerism.