“When the situation is obscure, attack.” Heinz Guderian (1888 to 1954) Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was German general and tank expert, who became one of the principal architects of armoured warfare and the blitzkrieg between World Wars I and II. He contributed decisively to Germany’s victories in Poland, France, and the Soviet Union early in World… Read More
“Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.” Miyamoto Musashi (1584 to 1645) Miyamoto Musashi was a famous Japanese soldier-artist of the early Edo (Tokugawa) period (1603 to 1867). He was also known for being a philosopher, writer, and Ronin. His original name was Miyamoto Masana, but he was also known as Shinmen Takezō,… Read More
What is the Dismounted Situational Awareness Tool? The British Army has developed a new battlefield/operational situation awareness technology package known as the Dismounted Situational Awareness Tool, and has been “hailed a “game changer”” (Nicholls, 2018). This “battlespace management application” enables improved communication between the US and UK. The Android Tactical Assault Kit (Atak) – which is a… Read More
“If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks.” Frederick the Great (1712 to 1786) Frederick II, aka Frederick the Great, was the third King of Prussia (1740-86). Considered one of the great military captains, he was a brilliant military campaigner who, in a series of diplomatic stratagems and… Read More
“Complexity (technical, organizational, operational, etc.) causes commanders and subordinates alike to be captured by their own internal dynamics or interaction – hence they cannot adapt to rapidly changing external (or even internal) circumstances.” Colonel John R. Boyd (1927-1997) A United States Air Force fighter pilot and Pentagon consultant of the late 20th century, whose theories… Read More
“I am more afraid of our own mistakes than of our enemies’ designs.” Pericles (Greek Statesman, Orator & General) in a speech to the Athenian Ecclesia I, 432 B.C. Reference Jowett, B. (1900) Pericles To The Athenian Ecclesia I. Thucydides: The Jowett Translation. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.classicpersuasion.org/pw/thucydides/thucydides-passages.php?pleaseget=1.140-1.144&passageid=Pericles%20To%20The%20Athenian%20Ecclesia%20I. [Accessed: 31 July, 2016].
“What I will say is this: A fighter needs to think clearly, swiftly. His actions are always measured. Controlled rage is good, for it makes us stronger, but hatred swamps the emotions – it is like a runaway horse, fast but running aimlessly.” (Gemmell, 2014, p.35). Reference Gemmell, D. (2014) The Hawk Eternal. London: Orbit.