Spaghetti & Soldiers…

“A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness,… Read More

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Soldier to Marshal…

“Every French soldier carries in his cartridge pouch the baton of a marshal of France.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 to 1821) Also known as Napoleon I, the Corsican or the Little Corporal, he was a French general, first consul of France (1799-1804), and emperor of the French (1804-1814/15), one of the most celebrated personages in the… Read More

Battles & Credit…

“Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 to 1821) Also known as Napoleon I, the Corsican or the Little Corporal, he was a French general, first consul of France (1799-1804), and emperor of the French (1804-1814/15), one of the most celebrated personages in the history of the… Read More

Title Changes for Two Senior British Army Leaders

Two key figures in the British Army are taking on new titles to better reflect the work they are already doing at the top of the organisation (British Army, 2018). As part of an ongoing review of the Army’s operating model by Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith, there are going to be… Read More

Victory & Mistakes…

“In spite of the most complete preparation, there can be no victory if mistakes are made in the matter of command.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893 to 1976) Mao was the principal Chinese Marxist theorist, soldier, and statesman who led his country’s communist revolution. He was the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1935 until… Read More

Imaginative, Intelligent & Bold Leadership is…

“Imaginative, intelligent, and bold leadership is absolutely essential. Commanders and leaders at every echelon must be selected with these specific qualities in mind. Officers and NCOs who are more than competent under normal conditions will frequently be hopelessly ineffective when confronted with dynamic and totally different situations.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893 to 1976) Mao was the… Read More