Introduction Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (20 March 1870 to 09 March 1964), also called the Lion of Africa (German: Löwe von Afrika), was a general in the Imperial German Army and the commander of its forces in the German East Africa campaign. For four years, with a force of about 14,000 (3,000 Germans and 11,000… Read More
“Conﬁdence and pride in leaders must be bred by the leaders themselves.” Lieutenant Colonel J.G. Shillington, D.S.O. (1950).
“Leadership is the courage to admit mistakes, the vision to welcome change, the enthusiasm to motivate others, and the conﬁdence to stay out of step when everyone else is marching to the wrong tune.” E.M. Estes (1916-1988) Elliot Marantette “Pete” Estes was an American automotive engineer and executive; he is best known as the fifteenth… Read More
“How many commanders have we produced who, like General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien, could stand alone wrapped in a British Warm at a cross‐roads to watch a brigade of infantry go by? It may have looked like wasted time to the staff but his sole question to a passing young company commander (who did not realize… Read More
“An officer is expected and required to present a smart appearance, and to maintain his clothing and equipment in a clean, neat, and serviceable condition. He must conform strictly to regulations, so that he may establish the standard for the enlisted men of his organization. His carriage should be upright, and he should show life… Read More
“An officer should, at all times, be digniﬁed in his conduct. Dignity is nothing more than the avoidance of coarse behaviour. It requires the control of one’s emotions. To be profane, boisterous, or “loud‐mouthed” is to be coarse. An officer who makes a spectacle of himself by being loud, or by losing his temper on… Read More
“Are you a good leader? Are you worthy to lead men? Have you considered what war may require of you? Have you confidence in your men? Have your men faith in you?‐‐are some of the questions you must ask yourselves, and until you can answer them in the affirmative you cannot claim to be a… Read More