How to Break An Officer-Bump

Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast.  Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad.  It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face.  How do I know this?  I’ve been there.  When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of.  In the Army we tend to have a […]

“And Next Door at W&L…”

Thanks to the anonymous tipster who sent this in through the Contact Us function.

April 15, 1945

Randall’s attention was drawn to something else,  the like of which he had never seen. Emerging from the huts was a shuffling  group of figures, some of whom were dressed in rags, while others were naked.  Their bodies were skeletal, their skin yellow. Rising from them was a hubbub of  noise, as they pleaded for the SAS men to help them.    

In-Stride Book Review: Michael Collins and the Anglo-Irish War

I’m knee-deep in this book and am having a hard time putting it down. It is precisely what I thought it would be– an objective look at who Collins was (but not a biography), what he did and how he did it. And it is fascinating. The book is (attention VMI Warrior) mercifully free of any attachment to or bias against the central figure; I have yet to get the sense that he author cares one way or the other about Ireland’s struggle against the British. The author– a long serving intelligence officer– does however, have a clear professional regard […]

Twenty-Four Medals of Honor, This Day

R E A D. Amazing.

RIP, Major Lee

Another amazing story of valor. “Perhaps the Chinese are all fatalists,” he said “I never expected to survive the war. So I was adamant that my death be honorable, be spectacular,” he said. That’s just a little of it. Read it ALL, please.

The Sands of Iwo Jima

Sixty-nine years ago today. As John R. Murphy said earlier today of those who went ashore and those who went inshore, “They did not flinch.”

Pardo’s Push

During a discussion of Jed Babbin’s commentary on the SecAF, the talk changed from a discussion Captain Thomas J. Hudner’s attempt to save Ensign Jesse L. Brown to a comparison of MiGs and Sabre-jets over Korea to the air war over Vietnam and Pardo’s Push.

Who Goes Nazi?

It is also, to an immense extent, the disease of a generation—the generation which was either young or unborn at the end of the last war. This is as true of Englishmen, Frenchmen, and Americans as of Germans. It is the disease of the so-called “lost generation.” Sometimes I think there are direct biological factors at work—a type of education, feeding, and physical training which has produced a new kind of human being with an imbalance in his nature. He has been fed vitamins and filled with energies that are beyond the capacity of his intellect to discipline. He has […]

The Profession of Arms and History

As many of you know, I am fascinated by the history of World War I.  I have been since my first semester in graduate school, when I took a seminar entitled, “Europe in the Age of World War I.”  This course taught by the formidable professor of European history at James Madison University, Dr. Catherine Boyd sought to guide us to understand why the European powers stumbled, bumbled, and fumbled their way war; and why despite all evidence to contrary continued to fight a war of attrition.  Like historians before and since there was no easy answer. Dr. Margaret MacMillian, […]