Spoilt Children…

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death. If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind‐hearted but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of… Read More

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Mutual Gain…

“If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and unless submissive, they will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be useless.Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under… Read More

Fine Training…

“No speech of admonition can be so fine that it will at once make those who hear it good men if they are not good already; it would surely not make archers good if they had not had practice in shooting, neither could it make lancers good, nor horsemen; it cannot even make men able… Read More

Well…

“In such times as these, the Army must be well trained, well equipped and well led by men of courage and of vision if it is to provide security of the quality and degree which the situation required.” General Maxwell D. Taylor (1901 to 1987) Maxwell Davenport Taylor was a US Army officer who became… Read More

Unselfish Honesty…

“The characteristic which higher command always looks for in any officer is honesty. Honesty in thought, word, and deed. Second to honesty and courage of purpose, I would place an unselfish attitude as the greatest attribute of a leader. Place the care and protection of the men first; share their hardships without complaint and when… Read More

Courage: Dream or Possess…

“Great military leaders have always possessed undaunted courage. History abounds with stories of leaders who have dared to do those things which their opponents never would dream they would.” General Alexander M. Patch (1889 to 1945) Alexander McCarrell Patch was a senior United States Army officer who fought in both World War I and World… Read More