Law Is War

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Law Is War

  1. 1. LAW IS WAR
  2. 2. <ul><li>‘ Happiness lies in conquering one’s enemies, in driving them in front of oneself, in taking their property, in savouring their despair, in outraging their wives and daughters.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Genghis Khan (Temujin) 1162-1227 </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  3. 3. <ul><li>‘ Once the enemy cracked, however, they were not to be surrounded, but an easy escape route left open. The reasons for this were that trapped soldiers would fight to the death and if they could get away they would …’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ The Roman Imperial Army’ by Graham Webster </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  4. 4. <ul><li>‘ You can never do too much reconnaissance.’ </li></ul><ul><li>– General George S. Patton (1947) </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  5. 5. <ul><li>‘ It is well that war is so terrible. We should come too fond of it.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Robert E Lee after the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 1862 </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  6. 6. <ul><li>‘ … his presence on the field made the difference of 40,000 men’: </li></ul><ul><li>- A remark by the Duke of Wellington about Napoleon </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  7. 7. <ul><li>‘ Attacking does not merely consist in assaulting walled cities or striking at an army in battle array; it must include the act of assaulting the enemy’s mental equilibrium.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Sun Tzu ‘ The Art of War’ </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  8. 8. <ul><li>‘… there is nothing more common than to hear of men losing their energy on being raised to a higher position, to which they do not feel themselves equal …’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Clausewitz </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  9. 9. <ul><li>‘ Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less chary of the latter than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- a maxim of Napoleon </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  10. 10. <ul><li>‘ In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.’ </li></ul><ul><li> – Dwight D Eisenhower </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  11. 11. <ul><li>‘ Why stake your fortunes on the risk of battle? Especially as a victory by strategy is as much a part of good generalship as a victory by the sword.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Julius Caesar </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  12. 12. <ul><li>‘ Moderation in war is imbecility’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Macaulay </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  13. 13. <ul><ul><li>‘ War means risk, and you cannot play the game and always win; and the sooner those in authority realise this, the better.’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- Earl Kitchener </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  14. 14. <ul><li>‘ Don’t carry off that arm till I’ve taken off my ring.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Baron Raglan at the Battle of Waterloo 1815 after his arm had been shot off. </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  15. 15. <ul><li>‘ It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- General Douglas MacArthur </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  16. 16. <ul><li>‘ We have a very daring and skilful opponent against us, and, may I say across the havoc of war, a great general.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Winston Churchill about Rommel in a speech to the Hous e of Commons, 1942 </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  17. 17. <ul><li>‘ Better 1 bad general than 2 good ones.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Maxim of Napoleon </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  18. 18. <ul><li>‘ Those who excel in war first cultivate their own humanity and justice and maintain their laws and institutions.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Sun Tzu </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  19. 19. <ul><li>‘ Haste is the mother of failure – and for failure we always pay a heavy price.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Artabanus’ warning to King Xerxes </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  20. 20. <ul><li>‘ How can the ability to lead depend on the ability to follow? You might as well say that the ability to float depends on the ability to sink’ </li></ul><ul><li>- LJ Peter and R Hull ‘ The Peter Principle’. </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  21. 21. <ul><li>‘ The instruments of battle are valuable only if one knows how to use them.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Charles Ardant du Picq ‘Battle Studies’ (1870) </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce J ohn Tenniel, Franco- P russian War (Punch Magazine, 1870)
  22. 22. <ul><li>‘ Force is always beside the point when subtlety will serve.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- King Darius </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  23. 23. <ul><li>‘ The age of chivalry has gone and that of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Edmund Burke ‘ Reflections on the French Revolution’ (1790) </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  24. 24. <ul><li>‘ Written laws are like spiders’ webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Anacharsis (Scythian prince of 6 th Century BCE) </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  25. 25. <ul><li>‘ The modern army commander must free himself from routine methods and show a comprehensive grip of technical matters, for he must be in a position continually to adapt his ideas of warfare to the facts and possibilities of the moment.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Field Marshall Erwin Rommel </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  26. 26. <ul><li>‘ When administration and orders are inconsistent, the men’s spirits are low and the officers exceedingly angry.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Chang Yi </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  27. 27. <ul><li>‘ The most common words in the mouths of American soldiers has been a vulgar expression for sexual intercourse. This word does duty as an adjective, adverb, verb, noun and in any other form it can possibly be used, however inappropriate or ridiculous in application.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- J Glenn Gray (1970) </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  28. 28. <ul><li>‘ 9/10ths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool and that is the test of generals. It can only be ensured by instinct, sharpened by thought, practising the stroke so often that at the crisis it is as natural as reflex.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- T.E. Lawrence (1929) </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  29. 29. <ul><li>‘ The officers of a panzer division must learn to think and act independently within the framework of the general plan and not wait until they receive orders.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Field Marshall Erwin Rommel </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  30. 30. <ul><li>‘ The courage of a soldier is heightened by his knowledge of his profession.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Vegetius ‘De Re Militari’ </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce Emperor Hadrian
  31. 31. <ul><li>‘ Silence is a woman’s finest ornament.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Medieval saying </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  32. 32. <ul><li>The 6 ‘P’s’. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- British Army Officer Training Slogan </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  33. 33. <ul><li>‘ Order, counter-order, disorder.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Military maxim </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  34. 34. <ul><li>‘ Tactics is the art of using troops in battle; strategy is the art of using battles to win the war.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Clausewitz </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  35. 35. <ul><li>‘ Who Dares Wins’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Motto of British Special Air Services </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  36. 36. <ul><li>‘ A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Maxim of Napoleon </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  37. 37. <ul><li>‘ The battlefield is the epitome of war. All else in war, when war is perfectly conducted, exists but to serve the forces on the battlefield and to assure final success on the battlefield.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- SLA Marshall ‘ Men Against Fire’. </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  38. 38. <ul><li>‘… to win a hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Sun Tzu </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce
  39. 39. <ul><li>‘ Peace is better than war, because in peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Croesus to Cambyses (son of his enemy Cyrus the Great). 6 th Century BCE </li></ul>12 April 2010 Copyright Paul M Fordyce

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