[New] Squad Leader…

“Platoon Leader: ‘Every man in the squad should listen to his squad leader with the thought in mind that he may have to be the squad leader before the battle is over.’” Extracts from Combat Lessons (World War II Combat Reports) and Combat Report from Korea, [US Army] Infantry, Vol.50, No.4, August-September 1960. Advertisements

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Orders: Object, Means & Execution…

“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… Read More

How to Sack a Divisional Commander…

How to Sack a Divisional Commander: Tewksbury, 4 May 1471; “Lord Winlock not having advanced to the support of the first line, but remaining stationary, contrary to the expectations of Somerset, the latter, in a rage, rode up to him, reviled him, and beat his brains out with an axe.” Max Hastings (1985) from The Oxford… Read More

What are the Duties of a Sentry?

There are several things a sentry must know in order to perform their role: Locations of: Neighbouring posts; Own backup; and Covering sentries. Length of time of duty and what time it will start. Method of relief. Who is taking over from you; and How will they know? Situation of enemy forces. Arcs of observation.… Read More