Victory & Preparation…

Victory favours neither the righteous nor the wicked. It favours the prepared. Unknown Although the author of the above quote is unknown, Louis Pasteur said in a lecture, at the University of Lille, on 07 December 1854 “Dans les champs de l’observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits prepares” (In the fields of observation… Read More

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Apology & Mistakes…

“To inquire if and where we made mistakes is not to apologize.” Vice Admiral Hyman G. Rickover in testimony before the U.S. Congress in April 1964

Linking Command, Confusion and Distance…

“The amount of confusion in a command post is in direct proportion to the distance it is from the incident!” Unknown

Military Strategy & Tactics Minus Brains…

“Both sides, indeed, successively provided an object lesson in the cost and futility of the “direct approach” – the offensive spirit unguided by subtlety of mind.” ” (Rommel, 1953, p.307). Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel (the Desert Fox), World War I junior officer and World War II General, considered a brilliant military commander; adored by his troops and… Read More

Fortune & Luck or Skill & Brains?

“Never knock luck , Prefect. In my experience it is the most important quality in a successful soldier. The gods favour some of us with good fortune. Skill and brains come a distant second.” (Scarrow, 2014, p.140). Scarrow, S. (2014) Brothers in Blood. New York, NY: The Overlook Press.