Duty: More or Less?

“Duty then, is the most sublime word in the English language. You can never do more. You should never wish to do less.” Robert E. Lee (1807 to 1870) Robert E Lee was a General in the Confederate Army (1861-1865) during the American civil war. Prior to the war he was an officer in the… Read More

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Too Fond…

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should get too fond of it.” Robert E. Lee (1807 to 1870) Robert E Lee was a General in the Confederate Army (1861-1865) during the American civil war. Prior to the war he was an officer in the US Army and a Commandant at West… Read More

Disperse & Concentrate…

“The highest generalship is to compel the enemy to disperse his army, and then to concentrate superior force against each fraction in turn.” George Henderson (1854 to 1903), paraphrasing Sun Tzu from the Art of War Colonel George Francis Robert Henderson CB, was a British Army officer and military author. He saw service in India,… Read More

The Purpose of War is…

“The purpose of war is to support your government’s decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him … but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing … but controlled and purposeful violence. But it’s not your business or mine to decide the… Read More

The Importance of Understanding Your Job…

“There is no type of human endeavour where it is so important that the leader understands all phases of his job as that of the profession of arms.” James C. Fry (1897 to 1982) A Major General in the US Army who served as an infantry regiment and division commander during World War II and… Read More

Tactics: Seeing Something No One Else Has Seen…

“Fred sipped the coffee. “Ever heard of the Battle of Gaugamela?” “No,” Holden said. “Darius the third, emperor of Persia, had two hundred thousand soldiers under his command. Bactrians, Arachosians, Scythians. Some Greek mercenaries. On the other side, thirty-five thousand soldiers, and Alexander of Macedon. Alexander the Great. Five Persians to every Macedonian. It should… Read More

Major General Susan Ridge: The British Army’s First Female Major General

In September 2015, Brigadier Susan Ridge, a former high street solicitor (Raynor, 2016), became the first Servicewoman to achieve the rank of Major General (OF-7) in the British Army. Susan joined the British Army in 1992. As a Brigadier, Susan worked as the Director Legal Advisory, providing advice to the chain of command on disciplinary… Read More