“It is a long-cherished tradition among a certain type of military thinker that huge casualties are the main thing. If they are on the other side then this is a valuable bonus.” – Terry Pratchett


I don’t have the presence of mind for the long game of strategy. I’m much more about the short term and the immediacy of tactics… which I find fascinating. Winning the battle as opposed to winning the war.


Schwerpunkt – As used by Erwin Rommel during the battle of France

The Oblique order – As used by by Frederick the Great at the Battle of Leuthen in Silesia.

Death-ground – As used by Hernán Cortés to motivate his troops to take the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan

Koevoet – Counter-insurgency tactics used during the South African border conflict