Magical Talisman…

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” John Quincy Adams (1767 to 1848) John Quincy Adams, byname Old Man Eloquent, was the sixth president of the United States (1825-29) and eldest son of President John Adams. In his pre-presidential years he was one of America’s greatest… Read More

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Discipline, Courage & Strength…

“If you wish to feign confusion in order to lure the enemy on, you must first have perfect discipline; if you wish to display timidity in order to entrap the enemy, you must have extreme courage; if you wish to parade your weakness in order to make the enemy over-confident, you must have exceeding strength.”… Read More

Courage & Military Expediency vs Stupidity & Irresponsibility…

“To accept a British attack in the Marmarica was unthinkable, painful though it was to us all to have to give up territory so hardly won. But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.” (Rommel, 1953, p.347). Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel (the Desert Fox), World… Read More

British Soldier: Virtues & Faults

“This [Guards] brigade was almost a living embodiment of the virtues and faults of the British soldier – tremendous courage and tenacity combined with a rigid lack of mobility.” (Rommel, 1953, p.222). Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel (the Desert Fox), World War I junior officer and World War II General, considered a brilliant military commander; adored by… Read More

Coward(s)…

“Anonymity is the most useful tool of cowards.” “Any coward can snipe from behind a bush.” “A coward dies many deaths, the brave just one.” “A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.” Anonymous There are a myriad of ways, both individually and collectively, to interpret the above quotes.… Read More