Mistakes & Development…

US General, Bruce Cooper Clarke, WWI, WWII, Korean War“You must be able to underwrite the honest mistakes of your subordinates if you wish to develop their initiative and experience.”

“Warfare is mental, not physical.”

General Bruce Cooper Clarke (-1988)

US Army General who served in WW1, WW2 (awarded three Silver Stars) and the Korean War. Graduated from West Point  as an engineer in 1925 and transferred to Armour in 1942, before specialising in the organisation and training of soldiers in 1945 (Hess, 1970).

The Harry S Truman Library and Museum has a good interview with, and associated documents by, General Clarke (see Reference).


Hess, J.N. (1970) Oral History Interview with Bruce C. Clarke. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.trumanlibrary.org/oralhist/clarkeb.htm. [Accessed: 03 January, 2016].


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