Who was Robert G. Cole?

Introduction Lieutenant Colonel Robert George Cole (19 March 1915 to 18 September 1944) was an American soldier who received the Medal of Honour for his actions in the days following the D-Day Normandy invasion of World War II. Early US Army Career Robert G. Cole was born at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas,… Read More


Who was Herbert Jones?

Introduction Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Jones, VC, OBE (14 May 1940 to 28 May 1982), known as H. Jones, was a British Army officer and posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC). He was awarded the VC after being killed in action during the Battle of Goose Green for his actions as commanding officer of the… Read More

What was the Doolittle Raid (1942)?

Introduction The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, was an air raid on 18 April 1942 by the United States on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on Honshu during World War II. It was the first air operation to strike the Japanese archipelago. It demonstrated that the Japanese mainland was vulnerable… Read More

Micro-Managers Beware…

“Never allow yourself to become absorbed in the task you have assigned to a subordinate. If you assume the direction of a detachment, you lose your grasp of the proceedings as a whole. The business of the responsible officer is to control the entire concern so that the general combination of efforts shall be concentrated… Read More

What is the No. of Reserve Unit Lieutenant Colonel Appointments?

On 10 January 2018 there were 81 Reserve unit Lieutenant Colonel command appointments. 40 were filled by Reserve officers and 40 by Regular officers (figures rounded as per National Statistics convention). Reference FOI 2018/00390 dated 01 February 2018.

REME LE Officer Statistics, 2014-2017

Table 1 outlines the number of Late Entry (LE) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) officers for 2017. Table 1: No. of REME LE Officers for 2017 Rank Captain Major Lieutenant Colonel Total Number 110 110 10 230 Table 2 outlines the percentage of serving LE REME officers eligible for conversion from an IRC (LE)… Read More