Administrative Risk…

“It is comparative easy to know what you want to do in any kind of war. Leadership consists in knowing whether you can do it–the risks you have to take. In the jungle the chief risks for the higher commander, brigadier and upwards, are administrative. He must learn to be a judge of administrative risk.”

Lieutenant-General Sir William J. Slim, Commander, Fourteenth Army, quoted in Current Reports From Overseas, No. 83, The War Office, 11th April, 1945.

Field Marshal Sir William Slim (1891 to 1970)

William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim of Yarralumla and Bishopston, was a British Field Marshal and Chief of the Imperial General Staff who turned back an attempted Japanese invasion of India and defeated the Japanese armies in Burma (Myanmar) during World War II.

Joining the British Army as a Private at the outbreak of World War I, Slim soon became an officer and campaigned in the Dardanelles, France, and Iraq. In 1920 he received a regular commission and joined the Indian Army, in which he served throughout the interwar period.


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