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Monday, June 26, 2006


This is coolbert:

Just recently I blogged extensively on the subject of military theory, the principles of war, etc.

Perhaps the art of war, military theory is just overdone. Theory of military science is actuall a very simple thing. Even the most casual of observers can tell you that this is so. Perhaps humans have a bad way of complicating things where they just do not need to?

Consider these two quotes on war:

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving." - - Ulysses S. Grant


"now, me lad, don't bother your mind with all them things. There is just one principle of war. Hit the other guy as hard as you can, as fast as you can, where it hurts him the most, and when he ain't looking!!"

As told to Cadet Bill Slim by a British Army Sergeant Major.

[I have mentioned the above Sergeant Major quote in another blog entry.]

Colour Sergeant Bourne DCM, (2459 B Co. 24th. Regiment) of Rorke's Drift fame. NOT the author of the quote. Exemplifies the TYPE of person that WOULD have made the quote.

Is that all it boils down to? In the proverbial nutshell?

Modern minds want to make it more complicated than it is?

You decide!



Anonymous JSBolton said...

I won't try to decide, being too ignorant of military theory. Possibly there are too few theories of what wins the wars. JDiamond would have us believe that germs decided the outcomes overall, if I read him correctly.
Maybe the number of people in a country with IQ's above the world average determines which will win.
Military theory seems to be concerned with the case where the two sides are near to evenly matched.
When Hitler had military advantage over Britain, superior espionage saved them, as they drew also on the abilities of their friends overseas.

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