Tag Archives: military incompetence

Last Letter Home: World War Two

I am just finishing Max Hastings extraordinary history of the Second World War ‘Inferno: The World at War 1939-45, published as ‘All Hell Let Loose’ in the UK. It is extraordinary, because not only does it show his consumate gift for … Continue reading

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Top Ten Conflict Tips: Ways to Learn from Our Past Mistakes in Conflict (or Anything Else)

I like the George Orwell quote: ‘The secret of leadership is to combine the belief in one’s own infallibility, with a power to learn from past mistakes‘ and it prompted the idea for one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips; … Continue reading

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Top Ten Causes of Military Incompetence

Many years ago I read the excellent book ‘The Psychology of Military Incompetence’ by Norman Dixon. And I thought I would riff around some of his thoughts and create one of our top tens, recognizing of course that it is … Continue reading

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