Military Personnel: Is There a Difference in Vaccination Rates between Standard, Indication & Seasonal Vaccinations?

Research Paper Title Vaccination coverage rates of military personnel worldwide: a systematic review of the literature. Background Due to the professionally specific risk of infection in the armed forces, recommendations for vaccination are usually adapted for soldiers and are subject to special regulations. Little data is available on scientifically measured vaccination coverage of soldiers. Methods… Read More

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Impossible vs Possible

“One must demand the impossible to ensure that the possible will be achieved.” Field Marshal Helmut von Moltke (1800 to 1891) Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf[ von Moltke was a Prussian field marshal. The chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years, he is regarded as the creator of a new, more modern method… Read More

Strength of Character…

“Intelligence, knowledge, and experience are telling prerequisites. Lack of these may, if necessary, be compensated for by a good general staff officer. Strength of character and inner fortitude, however, are decisive factors. The confidence of the men in the ranks rests upon a man’s strength of character.” Erich von Manstein (1887 to 1973) Erich von… Read More

Teaching German in the US

“With its large German immigrant population, Ohio was the first of several states to permit teaching in German alongside English. By 1900 some 4% of elementary-school pupils in America were taught at least partly in German. After the first world war anti-German sentiment led to the end of those programmes and, in Ohio and Indiana,… Read More

The Object of War?

“The object of war is to bring about the complete submission of the enemy as soon as possible by means of regulated violence.” (US Army, 1914, p.14). General Order (G.O.) 100, 1863, article 20. “Public war is a state of armed hostility between sovereign nations or governments. It is a law and requisite of civilized… Read More

The Last Drop…

“At last we are eye to eye with death. We must renounce all hopes of freaks and fortunes. Sacrifice to the last drop of blood is demand of us. Surrender would paralyse and sap our race for generations.” German Army radio spokesman in a broadcast to German troops during the battle for Hungary (October 1944)

Logistical Ball & Chain…

“Logistics is the ball and chain of armoured warfare.” Heinz Guderian (1888 to 1954) Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was German general and tank expert, who became one of the principal architects of armoured warfare and the blitzkrieg between World Wars I and II. He contributed decisively to Germany’s victories in Poland, France, and the Soviet Union… Read More