What was a Margrave?

Introduction Margrave was originally the medieval title for the military commander assigned to maintain the defence of one of the border provinces of the Holy Roman Empire or of a kingdom. That position became hereditary in certain feudal families in the Empire, and the title came to be borne by rulers of some Imperial principalities… Read More

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What is an Armchair General?

Introduction “Armchair general” is a derogatory term for a person who regards themselves as an expert on military matters, despite having little to no actual experience in the military. Alternatively, it can mean a military commander who does not participate in actual combat. Refer to Armchair Warrior. Conventional Usage The most common usage of the… Read More

What is a Warlord?

Introduction A warlord is a strong leader able to exercise military, economic, and political control over a subnational territory within a sovereign state because of their ability to mobilise loyal armed forces. These armed forces, usually considered militias (but can be regular troops), are loyal to the warlord rather than to the general government due… Read More

Position to Receive…

“”A present ungraciously given is ungraciously received; an order badly given is badly executed.” [“L’Ame du Soldat”] “The crisp, calculated, and forceful way of giving an order should produce a forceful way of executing it.” [“L’Ame du Soldat”]In giving an order we should first consider the object; secondly, calculate the means; for it is worse… Read More

What is a Victory Title?

Introduction A victory title is an honorific title adopted by a successful military commander to commemorate his defeat of an enemy nation. The practice was first used by Ancient Rome and is still most commonly associated with the Romans, but it was also adopted as a practice by many later empires, especially the French, British… Read More

Demand Responsibility…

“Modern leadership demands officers who can accept challenge with initiative, originality, fidelity, understanding, and, above all, the willingness to fully assume the responsibilities of command.” General Bruce C. Clarke (1901 to 1988) Bruce Cooper Clarke was a United States Army general. He was a career officer who served in World War I, World War II,… Read More

Well Done…

“In command and leadership many qualities, attributes and techniques are required ‐‐ including drive, force, judgement, perception and others. But nothing can replace the inspiration and lift that comes from commending a job well done.” Aubrey Newman (1903 to 1994) Major General Aubrey Strode “Red” Newman (1903–1994) served in the US Army for 34 years.… Read More