New Conditions & Modifying the Principles of War

“No new weapons can be introduced without changing conditions, and every change in condition will demand a modification in the application ofthe principles of war.” Major General John Frederick Charles ‘Boney’ Fuller, CB, CBE, DSO (1878 to 1966) was a senior British Army officer, military historian, and strategist. Notable as an early theorist of modern… Read More

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When to Use New Military Weapons…

“A lesson learned from the First World War had taught us that it is necessary to be patient about committing new weapons and that they must be held back until they are being produced in such quantities as to allow their employment in mass. In the First World War the French and British used their… Read More

Prepared Positions: Motorised vs Non-motorised

“Non-motorised infantry divisions are only of value against a motorised and armoured enemy when occupying prepared positions. If these positions are pierced or outflanked, a withdrawal will leave them helpless victims of the motorised enemy, with nothing else to do but hold on in their positions to the last round.” (Rommel, 1953, p198). Field-Marshal Erwin… Read More

Mistakes & Development…

“You must be able to underwrite the honest mistakes of your subordinates if you wish to develop their initiative and experience.” “Warfare is mental, not physical.” General Bruce Cooper Clarke (-1988) US Army General who served in WW1, WW2 (awarded three Silver Stars) and the Korean War. Graduated from West Point  as an engineer in… Read More

Loyalty is…

“…motto created by the venerable Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg “Loyalty is the essence of honour”.” Kenneth Macksey (1975, p.189) quoting Heinz Guderian (WW2 German general and founding father of armoured fighting forces). Reference Macksey, K. (1975) Guderian: Panzer General. London: MacDonald and Jane’s.