Military Strategy: Planning Estimates & Supplying Reality

“The reason for giving up the pursuit is almost always the quartermaster’s growing difficulty in spanning the lengthened supply routes with his available transport.

As the commander usually pays great attention to his quartermaster and allows the latter’s estimate of the supply possibilities to determine his strategic plan, it has become the habit for quartermaster staffs to complain at every difficulty, instead of getting on with the job and using their powers of improvisation, which indeed are frequently nil.

But generally the commander meekly accepts the situation and shapes his actions accordingly.” (Rommel, 1953, p.96).

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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