The Strands of War…

“The Strands of War are four in number, …

  • I. The quality and capability of the commander.
  • II. The quality and capability of the troops.
  • III. Morale.
  • IV. Resources.”

Lieutenant Colonel A.H. Burne, DSO, RA (Retired), The Art of War on Land (1944)

Alfred Higgins Burne D.S.O., C.I.E., O.B.E., F.S.A. (1886-1959) was a British Army Officer (Royal Artillery) and military historian. He invented the concept of Inherent Military Probability; in battles and campaigns where there is some doubt over what action was taken, Burne believed that the action taken would be one which a trained staff officer of the twentieth century would take.


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