What is Flogging?

Introduction Flagellation (Latin flagellum, “whip”), flogging or whipping is the act of beating the human body with special implements such as whips, rods, switches, the cat o’ nine tails, the sjambok, the knout, etc. Typically, flogging is imposed on an unwilling subject as a punishment; however, it can also be submitted to willingly for sadomasochistic… Read More

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What is a Mutiny?

Introduction Mutiny is a revolt among a group of people (typically of a military or of a crew) to oppose, change, or overthrow an organisation to which they were previously loyal. The term is commonly used for a rebellion among members of the military against an internal force, but it can also sometimes mean any… Read More

Reasonable Justice…

“Men demand a reasonable degree of justice. They expect a leader to be fair and understanding. A single act of glaring injustice will injure his prestige and influence. Men must trust their leader in order to follow him.” “The Human Element in War,” by Major‐General Charles P. Summerall, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army,… Read More

Mutual Gain…

“If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and unless submissive, they will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be useless.Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under… Read More

Skilful & Resolute…

“Our success over our enemies will depend upon the degree of development of certain essentials of military personnel: 1. Skillful and resolute leadership. 2. A high morale. 3. Well organized and disciplined troops. If we have the first of these three we are bound to have the last two.” General Alexander M. Patch (1889 to… Read More

Obligations

“Discipline can only be obtained when all the officers are imbued with the sense of their awful obligation to their men and to their country that they cannot tolerate negligence. Officers who fail to correct errors or to praise excellence are valueless in peace and dangerous misfits in war.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to… Read More

Mutual Loyalty…

“Discipline must be imposed, but loyalty must be earned – yet the highest form of discipline exists only where there is mutual loyalty, up and down.” Aubrey Newman (1903 to 1994) Major General Aubrey Strode “Red” Newman (1903–1994) served in the US Army for 34 years. Newman commanded the 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th… Read More