Strength of Character…

“Intelligence, knowledge, and experience are telling prerequisites. Lack of these may, if necessary, be compensated for by a good general staff officer. Strength of character and inner fortitude, however, are decisive factors. The confidence of the men in the ranks rests upon a man’s strength of character.” Erich von Manstein (1887 to 1973) Erich von… Read More

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What was the British Free Corps?

1.0 Introduction This article provides an overview of the British Free Corps. 2.0 What was the British Free Corps? Originally known as the Legion of St George (Edmonton Journal, 1945, p.2), the British Free Corps (German: Britisches Freikorps; BFC) was a unit of the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II, made up of… Read More

Personal Authority…

“The commander must establish personal and comradely contact with his men, but without giving away one inch of authority.” Erwin Rommel (1891 to 1944) Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel (aka the Desert Fox), World War I junior officer and World War II General, considered a brilliant military commander; adored by his troops and feared by his enemies.

World War II Radio Propaganda Personalities

1.0 Introduction This article provides an overview of the prominent radio personalities who broadcast English-language propaganda on behalf of the Axis Powers – Germany, Italy, and Japan – during World War II. 2.0 The Broadcasters There were a number of radio personalities broadcasting, with the most prominent being: Germany: Mildred Gillars. William Joyce. Wolf Mittler.… Read More

Imposed vs Earned…

“Discipline must be imposed, but loyalty must be earned – yet the highest form of discipline exists only where there is mutual loyalty, up and down.” Major General Aubrey Newman (1903 to 1994) Aubrey ‘Red’ Newman graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1925. He retired as a US Army Major… Read More

Rank & Idiosyncrasies…

“Rank is only given you in the Army to enable you to better serve those below you and those above you. Rank is not given for you to exercise your idiosyncrasies.” General Bruce C. Clarke (1901 to 1988) Bruce Cooper Clarke was a US Army general. He was a career officer who served in World… Read More

Perfect Discipline…

“You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things. There is only one sort of discipline – perfect discipline. Discipline is based on:- Pride in the profession of arms. Meticulous attention to detail. Mutual Respect and Confidence. Discipline can only be obtained when leaders are as imbued with the sense of their… Read More