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How To Be A Modern Combat General
260 pages; 9 chapters
Now you can learn how to be a modern combat general in the safety of your own
home! An understanding of real warfighting will be at your fingertips. The first book
written in the modern era that will equip the reader with the basic knowledge and
decision skills to be a modern combat general. The intellectual tools of combat
including, planning, intelligence, deception, staff management and operational scale are
explained in a user-friendly fashion. You too can become a master of maneuver,
momentum and tempo. Learn how a modern combat general dominates and
manipulates: The Art of Maneuver; Analysis Concepts for Generals; Orchestrating Deep
Battle; Command and Commander’s Intent; Staff Inspired Command Chaos; Control and
Communications; Command Post Problems; High Level Combat Deception; and
"A maneuvering formation usually passes through five distinct phases, including: assault marching, deployment, combat,
pursuit and regrouping. The assault-marching phase occurs as offensive maneuvering columns advance into the enemy
depths. Carefully planned by staff officers, these maneuvering columns must advance as rapidly as possible.
Western staff officers concentrate too much on controlling maneuver columns. They forget that the most important
aspect of maneuver columns is forward reach.
Forward reach consists of the very fast vanguard forces, equaling at least thirty percent of the total force, advancing far
in front of the main body. At the forefront, are long-range reconnaissance and diversionary troops, next is the forward
detachment whose role is to facilitate the maneuver of the main body. Surrounding the main body are security
detachments deployed to prevent surprise and premature engagement of the main body.
Western staff officers also forget the disruptive quality inherent in a column moving deeply into the enemy operational
depths. The more strung out such a column is, the more effective it will be, because engagements with its forward
elements will not disrupt the forward movement of the main body. That main body will be able to maneuver-pivot on the
hinge provided by the pinning/fixing action of its forward engaged elements.
Maneuver deployment occurs when any element of the maneuvering column(s) transitions from columnar formation into
a fighting line. Advancing columnar sub-elements usually maneuver around friendly forces in contact with the enemy.
This shaking out of the column takes advantage of the local terrain and may not result in a line formation at all. The
non-engaged portions of a column may branch off, still in column, to strike an enemy flank, envelop an enemy rear, or
bypass the enemy force altogether. It is important to maintain tempo by remaining in a moving column formation as long
Combat occurs as the front of a moving column meets an enemy force. The friendly force in contact brings fire to bear
with part of its force while probing with the remainder. If the engaged enemy force cannot be bypassed or overrun in a
rush, the friendly force in contact attempts to pin the enemy while determining the enemy strength and deployment
limits. Once a gap, or weak point is discovered in the enemy alignment, the maneuvering force will relentlessly smash
Excerpt from Warlord
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