British Army Colonel Commandant Appointments

What is a Colonel Commandant? Colonel commandant is a military title used in the armed forces of some English-speaking countries. The title, not a substantive military rank, could denote a senior colonel with authority over fellow colonels. Today, the holder often has an honorary role outside the executive military structure, such as advocacy for the… Read More

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Practical Application…

“Leadership is the practical application of character.” Colonel R. Meinertzhagen, CBE, DSO (1878 to 1967), Army Diary, 1899‐1926, 1960 Richard Meinertzhagen was a British soldier, intelligence officer, and ornithologist. He had a decorated military career spanning Africa, where he was credited with creating and executing the infamous Haversack Ruse. While early biographies lionised Meinertzhagen as… Read More

A Swell Racket: Three Districts vs Three Continents!

“During those years (1909-1916), I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” Colonel John R.… Read More

Leadership, Inspiration & Uncommon Goals…

“Leadership is the art of inspiring people to enthusiastically take action toward the achievement of uncommon goals.” Colonel John R. Boyd (1927-1997) A United States Air Force fighter pilot and Pentagon consultant of the late 20th century, whose theories have been highly influential in the military, sports, business, and litigation. Boyd inspired the Lightweight Fighter… Read More

Complexity, Dynamics & Circumstances…

“Complexity (technical, organizational, operational, etc.) causes commanders and subordinates alike to be captured by their own internal dynamics or interaction – hence they cannot adapt to rapidly changing external (or even internal) circumstances.” Colonel John R. Boyd (1927-1997) A United States Air Force fighter pilot and Pentagon consultant of the late 20th century, whose theories… Read More

I’ve Got an Idea about some Hardware People!

“People, ideas, and hardware – In that order!” Colonel John R. Boyd (1927-1997) A United States Air Force fighter pilot and Pentagon consultant of the late 20th century, whose theories have been highly influential in the military, sports, business, and litigation. Boyd inspired the Lightweight Fighter programme (LWF) that produced the successful General Dynamics F-16… Read More

Organisation of British Army Infantry Divisions

The infantry of the British Army comprises some 25,000 soldiers in 17 different regiments (administrative units), containing one or more battalions (fighting units). They are often referred to informally as ‘cap-badges’ – as each has its own identity. In order to break down this large body of troops into more easily manageable elements, it is split… Read More