Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Penguin Classics) by Siegfried Sassoon

By Siegfried Sassoon

The moment quantity in Siegfried Sassoon’s liked trilogy, The whole Memoirs of George Sherston, with a brand new creation by way of celebrated historian Paul Fussell

A hugely embellished English soldier and an acclaimed poet and novelist, Siegfried Sassoon gained popularity for his trilogy of fictionalized autobiographies that splendidly trap the vanishing idylls of Edwardian England and the brutal realities of war.

The moment quantity of Siegfried Sassoon's semiautobiographical George Sherston trilogy alternatives up almost immediately after Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man: in 1916, with the younger Sherston deep within the trenches of WWI. For his embellished bravery, and likewise his damaging recklessness, he's quickly despatched to the Fourth military college for officer education, then dispatched to Morlancourt, a raid, and on during the Somme. After being wounded through a bullet during the lung, he returns domestic to convalesce, the place his wondering of the conflict and the British army institution leads him to write down a public anti-war letter (verbatim the letter Sassoon wrote in 1917, entitled "Finished with the struggle: A Soldier’s Declaration", which used to be finally learn within the British apartment of Commons). in the course of the aid of shut buddy David Cromlech (based on Sassoon's buddy Robert Graves) a clinical board makes a decision to not prosecute, yet as a substitute deem him to be mentally in poor health, being affected by shell-shock, and sends him to a health facility for therapy. Sassoon's attractive portrayal of a brain coming to phrases with the brutal truths he has encountered in war—as good as his unsentimental, although usually poetic, portrayal of class-defined lifestyles in England at wartime—is among the best books ever written approximately international struggle I, or conflict itself.

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Army Code 71451, Design for Military Operations: The British Military Doctrine (1989), vii. 28. , 21. 29. The concept is familiar in organizational learning literature; for example, "The Experiential Learning Cycle" consists of "Experience, Reflection, Generalization, and Experimentation" in a feedback loop process in Gervase R. B. Shani, Parallel Learning Structures: Increasing Innovation in Bureaucracies (Wokingham, England: Addison-Wesley, 1991), 141. This cycle owes its intellectual heritage to Colonel John Boyd, developer of the "Boyd Cycle" or "OODA Loop" in which fighter pilots are taught to observe, orient, decide, and act faster than their opponents can.

10 No matter. After the war, Clausewitz took the blame for the conduct of a war of annihilation of which he would most certainly have disapproved. The importance of Jomini for a student of counterinsurgency learning is evident: Jomini emphasizes the destruction of the enemy army in the field, despite Clausewitz's understanding that the true power of armies in the wake of Napoleon rests in the people and their government. 11 Nonetheless, armies ever since have clung to what they continue to describe as "Clausewitzian" (actually Jominian) principles of destroying the enemy army as the key to victory.

Wilson, Bureaucracy (New York: Basic Books, 1989), 91. 16. The evolution of strategic culture explanations for military policies is reviewed by Alastair Iain Johnston, "Thinking About Strategic Culture," International Security 19/4 (Spring 1995), 32-64. 17. Theodore G. , "Leadership and Organizational Culture: Actions Speak Louder than Words," Military Review LXXVI, No. 1 (January/February 1996), 45. 18. Halperin, Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy, 34-35. 19. Elizabeth Kier, "Culture and Military Doctrine: France Between the Wars," International Security 191A (Spring 1995), 66.

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