Tactical Tricks: Training for Dash & Caution

“The high casualties suffered by my assault forces were primarily caused by their lack of training.

Even in the smallest action, there are always tactical tricks which can be used to save casualties, and these must be made known to the men.

It frequently happened that dash was used where caution was really needed, with, of course, casualties as the result. On the next occasion, when boldness was really required, the men would be over-cautious.

In these small-scale infantry tactics in particular, what is wanted is a maximum of caution, combined with supreme dash at the right moment.” (Rommel, 1953, p.133).

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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