The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking. Terry Pratchet
Meet War. Not a bad sort of person, really. The first of the four horsemen (second of the five, if you count Chaos), War might be the undoer of nations and the death of millions, but he's got a family now, and if it's any consolation, he's bound to be worse at Bridge than you are. Don't ask.
"Look at it this way. Every red village is a potential threat to your survival. They are looking at you and thinking about how to attack you. They are making plans to attack you. They are talking to their friends about how to attack you. The only way to make sure they do not succeed is to take them out before they grow balls big enough to take you out."