A web video that literally makes us LOL

“An army marches on its stomach.” You’ll find comic proof of that military maxim (attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte) served up in Food Fight — a brilliant five-minute morsel of stop-motion animation that bills itself as “an abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict.” Yummy!

Like some bastard child of the History Channel and the Food Network raised by Comedy Central, this rogue short presents American armed forces as an ass-kicking battalion of burgers taking on the global threat of salted pretzels, beef stroganoff, and super-slimy kimchi.

For those not up to snuff on their geo- or gastro-politics, no worries — animator Stefan Nadelman includes a handy-dandy cheat sheet that spells out exactly who’s what. Napoleon would no doubt fume over his country’s surrogate: the cowardly croissant.

Repeat viewings are in order to pick up all the tiny, and terrifying, details — as in, was that a falafel Bin Laden quietly rolling stage right out of Afghanistan? Check, please.

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A web video that literally makes us LOL