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Army Talks ~ 02/02/44

Army Talks ~ 02/02/44

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Vol
.
II
.
No
.
v
2 Feb
. 1911
W
tt (
:
2
/
S
SPECIAL SERVICE
ARMY
TALKS
The food General
Restricted
ARMY TADS is a classified official publication of the United States Army in the European
Than
it
of Operation. The material contained herein
may
not be quoted or republished, inw~airor is part, nor may it be communicated, directly or indirectly, to persons not authorized
to receive it, except by authority of the Commanding General, ETOUSA.
EUROPEAN MATER OF OPERATIONS, UNITED STATES ARMY
 
TABLE OF
. CONTENTS
The Good General
.
. ..
.
. .. .. .
:
Supply Lines of the World
. . .
.
. .
89
Preparation
.
.
..
.
.
..
..
.
.
14
Questions for the Discussion
. . . .
.
. . .
16
ARMY TALKS
:—The PURPOSE of ARMY TALKS is to help
American officers and enlisted personnel become betterinformed men andwomen and therefore better soldiers.
ARMY TALKS are designed to stimulate discussion and thought, and,
by their very nature, thus may often be controversial in content
. They are
not to promote or to propagandize any particular causes, beliefs or theories.
Rather, they drawupon all suitable sources for fact and comment, in the
American tradition, with each individual retaining his American right and
heritage so far as his own opinion is concerned.
THEREFORE, the statements and opinions expressed herein are not
necessarily' verified by,
nor'-do
they necessarily reflect the opinions of,
the
United States Army
;`
THE SOURCE OF
MATERIAL must
therefore
be made clear at each
discussion
. Ail
written material appearing in
this
publication has been written
Mid edited= by
uniformed
members of the Army
and/or Navy,
except where
s ated`tbat a civilian or other outside sourceisbeing quoted.
3
 
ARMYcTALI{S
EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS
THE GOOD GENERAL
OMPA
RATIVELY few of you are
Now, the first point that attracts me
OMPARATIVELY
C
likely to become generals ;
about that definition is the order in
and all of you are likely to have
which it is arranged
. It begins with the
opportunity to criticize generals
. I
matter of administration, which is the
should like your criticism to be as
real crux of generalship, to my mind ;
well informed as possible
. Generalship,
and places tactics, the
handling
of
and especially British generalship, has
troops in battle, at the end of his
had a bad press_ since the late war.
qualifications instead of at the
I am not proposing to deliver to you
beginning, where most people place it.an apologia for generals, but to explain
Also it insists on practical sense
and
the qualities necessary for a general and
energy as two of the most important
the conditions in which he
has
to
qualifications
; while the list of the
exercise his calling.
many and contrasted qualities that a
general must have rightly gives an
Administration Comes First
impression of the great field of activity
Socrates
' description of a general
that generalship
covers
and
the variety
reads as follows
of the situations with which it has to
The general must know how to get
deal, and the need for
adaptability
in
his men their rations and every other
the
make-up
of a general.
kind of stores needed for war
. He
must have imagination to originate
Robustness is Also Needed
plans, practical sense and
energy to
But even this definition of Socrates
carry them through
. He must be
does not to my mind emphasize suffi-
observant, untiring, shrewd
; kindly
ciently what I hold to be the first
and cruel
; simple
. and crafty
; " a
essential of a general, the quality
watchman and a robber
; lavish and
of robustness, the ability to stand the
miserly
;
generousand stingy
; rash and
shock of war
.
Probably
this factor did
conservative
. All those and many other
not apply so much in Socrates
'
time.
qualities,natural
People did not
and acquired, he
This issue of
ARMY TALKS was
then suffer from
must have
. He
condensed from the book " Generals
what is now
should also, as
and Generalship,
"
by Field Marshal
elegantly
known
a matter of
Lord
Wavell, formerly
commander
of
as " the jitters
.
"
British Forces in the Middle East,
course, know his
CommanderinChief in India and
I can
perhaps
tactics
; for a
now Viceroy of India
. It is reproduced
best explain what
disorderly mob is
by special permission of the
I mean by ro
avell
no more an army
family, and was prepared by the
bustness b y a
than
a
heap of
ARMY
TALKS
section
for
American
physical
illustra-
troops in the European Theater of
building mate
Operations
.
tion
. I remem-
rial is a house
ber long ago,

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