Notes Preliminary Conference on Conduct of War

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Army Service Schools Press, 1916 - 27 pages
 

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Page 14 - In every circle, and, truly, at every table, there are people who lead armies into Macedonia; who know where the camp ought to be placed; what posts ought to be occupied by troops; when and through what pass Macedonia should be entered; where magazines should be formed; how provisions should be conveyed by land and sea; and when it is proper to engage the enemy, when to lie quiet. And they not only determine what is best to be done, but if anything is done in any other manner than what they have...
Page 14 - ... and who, embarked, as it were, in the same ship, are sharers of the danger. If, therefore, any one thinks himself qualified to give advice respecting the war which I am to conduct, which may prove advantageous to the public, let him not refuse his assistance to the state, but let him come with me into Macedonia. He shall be furnished by me with a ship, a horse, a tent; and even with his travelling charges. But if he thinks this too much trouble, and prefers the repose of a city life to the toils...
Page 14 - Fabius did, who chose to let his own authority be diminished through the folly of the people, rather than to mismanage the public business with a high reputation. I am not one of those who think that commanders ought never to receive advice ; on the contrary, I should deem that man more proud than wise, who did every thing of his own single judgment. What then is my opinion...
Page 14 - I should deem that man more proud than wise who did everything of his own single judgment. What then is my opinion? That commanders should be counselled, chiefly, by persons of known talent; by those, especially, who are skilled in the art of war, and who have been taught by experience; and, next, by those who are present at the scene of action, who see the country, who see the enemy; who see the advantages that occasions offer, and who, embarked, as it were, in the same ship, are sharers of the...
Page 14 - ... those who are present at the scene of action, who see the country, who see the enemy; who see the advantages that occasions offer, and who, like people embarked in the same ship, are sharers of the danger.
Page 14 - MILITARY CRITICS" ' ' Lucius ^Emilius Paulus, a Roman Consul, who had been selected to conduct the war with the Macedonians, BC 168, went out from the Senate-house into the assembly of the people and addressed them as follows: "In every circle, and, truly, at every table, there are people who lead armies into Macedonia; who know where the camp ought to be placed; what posts ought to be occupied by troops; when and through what pass...
Page 7 - ... ship and gun, if the war be on the sea) in the shortest possible time, and with the utmost possible momentum, upon the decisive field of...
Page 14 - These are great impediments to those who have the management of affairs ; for every one cannot encounter injurious reports with the same constancy and firmness of mind as Fabius did, who chose to let his own...
Page 5 - War," stripped of all accessories, as the exercise of force for the attainment of a political object, unrestrained by any law save that of expediency, and thus gives the key to the interpretation of German political aims, past, present, and future, which is unconditionally necessary for every student of the modern conditions of Europe. Step by step, every event since Waterloo follows with logical consistency from the teachings of Napoleon, formulated...
Page 15 - ... with his travelling charges. But if he thinks this too much trouble, and prefers the repose of a city life to the toils of war, let him not, on land, assume the office of a pilot. The city, in itself, furnishes abundance of topics for conversation ; let it confine its passion for talking, and rest assured, that we shall be content with such councils as shall be framed within our camp.

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