[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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Winning Tune…

“[The platoon commander] must have in a supreme degree …the will to win. The thirty men whom he leads take their inspiration from him; they will be lions or lizards in harmony with the tune he pipes.” Colonel W.N. Nicholson, C.M.G., D.S.O. (1939) Behind the Lines. London: Jonathan Cape.

The Final Decision…

“A Platoon Commander who joins a platoon for the first time will normally have over 150 years experience among his Warrant Officers, Sergeants, Junior NCOs and men. Use them, seek and accept advice from them but remember one thing; it is you the Platoon Commander, the leader that must make the final decision.” Master Warrant… Read More