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

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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

Planning & Branches…

“Every plan of campaign ought to have several branches and to have been so well thought out that one or other of the said branches cannot fail of success.” Pierre-Joseph de Bourcet (1700-1780) A French engineer and artillery officer who has been credited with initiating the use of the all-arms division as a tactical formation… Read More

Soldiers & Blood vs Glory & Generalship…

“A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.” Henry George Bohn (1796-1884) A British publisher who is principally remembered for the Bohn’s Libraries which he inaugurated. These were begun in 1846, targeted the mass market, and comprised editions of standard works and translations, dealing with history, science, classics, theology and archaeology.