The Profession of Arms: The 1962 Lees Knowles Lectures Given at Trinity College, Cambridge

Center of Military History, U.S. Army, 1986 - 43 sidor

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Sida 23 - ... 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 32 - 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 30 - France, and evoked wide response when they spoke of the spirituality of war. Clausewitz had already urged the sovereign virtues of the will to conquer and the unique value of the offensive, delivered with unlimited violence. A military voluntarism began to develop in France. When General Colin emphasized the importance of material factors he was laughed at. The business of the intellect was to overcome and rule out all consideration of losses, to bring about a disregard of all material obstacles...
Sida 18 - Europe to make a serious business of war with explosives. The military instrument of the Prussian experiment, the harshly disciplined and rigidly controlled force of unenthusiastic mercenaries, became the model for the armies of Europe, armies in which, as the Great Frederick himself said, " obedience ... is so exact that . . . however little a general knows how to make himself obeyed, he is bound to be."17 The European system of standing armies was destroyed by the French Revolution.
Sida 9 - Ruin is only deferred as long as the assault is postponed; in peace you are despoiled by them, and in war by the enemy. 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 39 - 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 17 - History (p. 181) was as follows : " if a soldier during an action looks about as if to fly, or so much as sets foot outside the line, the non-commissioned officer standing behind him will run him through with his bayonet and kill him on the spot.
Sida 41 - Rapoport, A comparative theory of military and political types, in Changing Patterns of Military Politics, ed. SP Huntington, Free Press of Glencoe, 1962, p.
Sida 23 - Wellington's organization and use of his army has been described as marking in many ways the high water mark of eighteenth century warfare. He had no great regard for soldiers. He was determined to defend his country and at the same time a social system of which an officer class drawn exclusively from its top levels and a body of soldiery drawn almost entirely from its lowest were characteristic. Sir John Fortescue said of him that " he believed in the England that produced such gentlemen and was...
Sida 28 - Living in a group demands some subordination of the self to the interests of the group. The military contract demands the total and almost unconditional subordination of the interests of the individual if the interests of the group should require it. This can lead to the surrender of life itself. It not infrequently does. Thus in an important respect the military would appear to be one of the more advanced forms of social...

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