Military History: Supplemental Material : the Profession of Arms

Command and Staff Department, U.S. Army Armor School, 1986 - 22 sidor

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Sida 1 - The balance of power will continue to fluctuate, and the prosperity of our own or the neighbouring kingdoms may be alternately exalted or depressed; but these partial events cannot essentially injure our general state of happiness...
Sida 11 - ... from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.
Sida 7 - Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of 'em dead, And we're cursing his staff for incompetent swine. "He's a cheery old card", grunted Harry to Jack As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack. But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
Sida 13 - The cause of this is that they have no love or other motive to keep them in the field beyond a trifling wage, which is not enough to make them ready to die for you.
Sida 13 - All the cities found that troops recruited locally by a native condottiere were likely to be more reliable than foreign mercenaries under foreign captains. The problem of how to establish effective control by the body politic over its own armed forces was not solved. Even the execution of Carmagnola by the Venetians did no more than emphasize the difficulty of finding a solution. It was still unsolved when northern Italy ceased to be an arena for the rivalries of Italian city states and became instead...
Sida 6 - Japanese war, when bullet, wire and trench became dominant, that the only use for cavalry there had been to cook rice for the infantry, but he was thought by some to be insane. Haig had said earlier on that artillery was only effective against demoralized troops. He had written in a minute to the Army Council in April 1915 that the machine gun was a much overrated weapon, and two per battalion were more than sufficient 18 ; a number fortunately increased a little later on to eight and then, largely...
Sida 18 - The essential basis of the military life is the ordered application of force under an unlimited liability. It is the unlimited liability which sets the man who embraces this life somewhat apart. He will be (or should be) always a citizen. So long as he serves he will never be a civilian.
Sida 12 - ... This was actively enough engaged it is true (there were 943 engagements with Indians between the civil war and the end of the century), but the American army as a professional body was isolated, reduced, and rejected. Paradoxically enough, the isolation of the military was the chief prerequisite to the development of professionalism. Withdrawn from civilian society and turning inward upon themselves the armed forces came under the influence of creative reformers like Sherman, Upton, and Luce,...
Sida 2 - But the military virtues are not in a class apart ; " they are virtues which are virtues in every walk of life . . . none the less virtues for being jewels set in blood and iron." They include such qualities as courage, fortitude and loyalty. What is important about such qualities as these in the present argument is that they acquire in the military context, in addition to their moral significance, a functional significance as well. The essential function of an armed force is to fight in battle....
Sida 4 - ... sophisticated still, maintained that command in war was the. product of natural genius. He divided warlike practice into two parts. The lower was mechanical and could be taught. The upper lay among the arts and excellence in it could be no more readily learned or transmitted than in sculpture or music.45 The situation of Prussia under Frederick the Great brings a passing reminder of that of Sparta.

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