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Fighting through the time-warp

July 12th, 2015 · No Comments

“Consider the battles of Magdhaba and Rafa, in which the British defeated the Turks. In each case the British commander made the decision to break off the fight. In each case before the order could reach the front line the victory was won. At Magdhaba it appears that a large portion of the credit should […]

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All else being equal

July 11th, 2015 · No Comments

“Time and again, numbers have been overcome by courage and resolution. Sudden changes in a situation, so startling as to appear miraculous, have frequently been brought about by the action of small parties. There is an excellent reason for this. The trials of battle are severe; troops are strained to the breaking point. At the […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Second World War

Play him like a violin

July 10th, 2015 · No Comments

“In war, the soldier is the instrument with which leaders must work. They must learn to play on his emotions—his loyalty, his courage, his vanity, his sense of humor, his esprit de corps, his weakness, his strength, his confidence, his trust. Although in the heat of battle there is no longer time to prepare soldiers […]

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Not quite chess with Death, but in the spirit

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

“One of the German companies, led by its Austrian guide, moved forward under cover of darkness and eventually reached a large shed. Here it was halted and the men slept until morning. When dawn broke the company commander found that this shed was located about 200 meters from an Austrian battery and therefore was very […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Great War

. . . and then he decides to look

July 5th, 2015 · No Comments

“A soldier pinned to the ground by hostile fire, with no form of activity to divert his thought from the whistling death about him, soon develops an overwhelming sense of inferiority. He feels alone and deserted. He feels unable to protect himself. With nothing to do but wait and with nothing to think about but […]

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Tags: George Marshall · The Great War · The Second World War

The value of the negative corpus

July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

“There are no two ways about it—patrols are the eyes of the small infantry unit. Sometimes these patrols will discover just where the enemy is and just what he is doing. This, of course, is information of the highest value. But more often than not, they will bring in only negative information; they will report […]

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Read the report, jefe

July 1st, 2015 · No Comments

“Reconnaissance may never be omitted during battle. No difficulties of terrain and no exhaustion of troops or leaders should cause it to be neglected. Careful reconnaissance requires time, but unless the information acquired reaches the commander in time to be acted upon, the reconnaissance is valueless.” – German Army Infantry Regulations (as quoted by George […]

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No cowboys, neither

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments

“The subordinate infantry commander has at his disposal only one sure means by which he may secure timely and vital information—infantry patrols. A well organized and properly conducted infantry patrol may operate successfully in spite of unfavorable weather, poor visibility, and difficult terrain. Successful patrolling demands the highest of soldierly virtues. Therefore, the selection of […]

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Andale en la calle

June 25th, 2015 · No Comments

“To succeed we must go fast and to go fast we must go where the going is good.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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They don’t stop bullets

June 24th, 2015 · No Comments

“A frontal assault against wire and machine guns produces nothing but casualties—and a few medals for bravery among the survivors.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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I’m grateful I’ve never had to do this

June 20th, 2015 · No Comments

“As the infantry nears the hostile position the supporting fires are forced to lift. Then must the riflemen themselves furnish both the fire and the movement. At this stage, fire without movement is useless and movement without fire is suicidal. Even with both, the last hundred yards is a touch-and-go proposition demanding a high order […]

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All these men had names

June 19th, 2015 · No Comments

“And so, at the appointed hour, this brigade of 6,000 highhearted and determined men stood up and at the word of command fixed their bayonets, shouldered their rifles, and marched forward in quick time and in step to assault an intrenched enemy armed with machine guns. One can only surmise the thought in the minds […]

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And orientation to the ground

June 18th, 2015 · No Comments

“Maintenance of direction is a hard job and it cannot be solved without thought and effort.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Long crawl to HQ

June 17th, 2015 · No Comments

“So long as anyone, including the commander, can walk, crawl, or roll, an infantry unit is not ‘out of communication.’ ” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Come here right now

June 11th, 2015 · 8 Comments

“Special emphasis should be laid on the language employed in orders. Leaders of all grades should be trained to test every word, every phrase, every sentence, for ambiguity and obscurity. If, by even the wildest stretch of the imagination, a phrase can be tortured out of its true meaning, the chance is always present that […]

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And it helps if the plan is feasible

June 10th, 2015 · No Comments

“Regardless of the occasional exception, the fact remains that planless action is an open invitation to disaster.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Economics · George Marshall · Politics & Law · The Second World War

Good luck with that

June 8th, 2015 · No Comments

“Even if information be lacking, the leader must produce decisions. In most cases a poor decision will be better than no decision at all. Negligence and hesitation are more serious faults than errors in choice of means. No rule can tell us how to time decisions correctly.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle Share […]

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We’ll have him to tea

June 5th, 2015 · No Comments

“Maneuvers that are possible and dispositions that are essential are indelibly written on the ground. Badly off, indeed, is the leader who is unable to read this writing. His lot must inevitably be one of blunder, defeat, and disaster.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Let God sort them out

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments

“Simplicity is the sword with which the capable leader may cut the Gordian knot of many a baffling situation.” – George C. Marshall, Infantry in Battle Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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There are laws and conventions

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

“The art of war has no traffic with rules, for the infinitely varied circumstances and conditions of combat never produce exactly the same situation twice. Mission, terrain, weather, dispositions, armament, morale, supply, and comparative strength are variables whose mutations always combine to form a new tactical pattern. Thus, in battle, each situation is unique and […]

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