A Feet of Leadership…

“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

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Indispensable Personality…

“The personality of the general is indispensable; he is the head, he is the all, of an army. The Gauls were not conquered by the Roman Legion, but by Caesar. It was not before the Carthagenian soldiers that Rome was made to tremble, but before Hannibal. It was not the Macedonian phalanx which penetrated into… Read More

Map that Hunger…

“The necessary limitations of map problems inhibit the student from considering the effects of hunger, emotion, personality, fatigue, leadership, and many other imponderable yet vital factors.” Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945), speaking as a Major in 1931. George Patton, in full George Smith Patton, Jr., was a US Army officer who… Read More

Personal Leadership…

“Our means of studying war have increased as much as have our tools for waging it, but it is an open question whether this increase in means has not perhaps obscured or obliterated one essential detail, namely, the necessity for personal leadership.” Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945), speaking as a Major… Read More

Personal Authority…

“The commander must establish personal and comradely contact with his men, but without giving away one inch of authority.” Blake Clark (1891 to 1944) Erwin Rommel, in full Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, byname the Desert Fox, German der Wüstenfuchs, was a German Field Marshal who became the most popular general at home and gained the… Read More

It’s Personal…

“Leadership is that mixture of example, persuasion and compulsion which makes men do what you want them to do. I would say that it is a projection of personality. It is the most personal thing in the world, because it is just plain you.” Field Marshal Sir William Slim (1891 to 1970) William Slim, 1st… Read More

The Head…

“The personality of the general is indispensable; he is the head, he is the all, of an army. The Gauls were not conquered by the Roman Legion, but by Caesar. It was not before the Carthagenian soldiers that Rome was made to tremble, but before Hannibal. It was not the Macedonian phalanx which penetrated into… Read More