Military Organisation: Supplies & Quartermasters

“If quartermasters and civilian officials are left to take their own time over organisation of supplies, everything is bound to be very slow.

Quartermasters often tend to work by theory and base all their calculations on precedent, being satisfied if their performance comes up to the standard which this sets.

This can lead to frightful disasters when there is a man on the other side who carries out his plans with greater drive and thus greater speed.

In this situation the commander must be ruthless in his efforts for an all-out effort.” (Rommel, 1953, p.92).

Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel (the Desert Fox), World War I junior officer and World War II General, considered a brilliant military commander; adored by his troops and feared by his enemies.


Rommel, E., Liddel Hart, B.H. (ed) & Findlay, P. (trans) (1953) The Rommel Papers. St James’s Palace, London: Collins.


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