Military Gamble vs Military Wisdom

“Prejudice against innovation is a typical characteristic of an Officer Corps which has grown up in a well-tried and proven system.

Thus it was that the Prussian Army was defeated by Napoleon.

This attitude was also evident during this war, in German as well as British officer circles, where, with their minds fixed on complicated theories, people lost the ability to come to terms with reality.

A military doctrine had been worked out to the last detail and it was now regarded as the summit of all military wisdom.

The only military thinking which was acceptable was that which followed their standardised rules.” (Rommel, 1953, p.203-204).

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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