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WWI may have been scientifically unavoidable as advances made in the science of property surveying land on a scale of greater accuracy were not openly accepted as a blessing.
Yes, I suppose that Hitler and his planners could have made good use of one of Nikon's best digital theodolites. I mean they mis plotted the borderline of Poland by a long shot which precipitated the war. The existing maps as drawn up by the Treaty of Versailles certainly showed Germany in no uncertain terms where the border lines of France were drawn. So it was quite clear-cut when it came to reclaiming lost territory but that theodolite would have been handy once again since the Nazi tank divisions overshot their target by a few hundred kilometers and ended up rolling down the Champs Elysee. Mind you, to be fair, the Panzer commanders and subordinates were so high on meth they wouldn't have been able to read the LCD display let alone set up the said Nikon instrument.
From then on of course, the Germans simply gave up and threw the maps away and initiated a new policy of "Veni vidi vici" and "ceased" every opportunity thereafter.