roger wrote:well maybe but I hear his orders when approaching Little Big Horn was "don't take any prisoners."
What really happened goes back to the first director, George Custer. Just before leaving for the Little Big Horn, he instructed his assistant "Don't do a thing till I get back."
....From your reading of Napoleon, you will recall that he would implore intelligence staffs to find “any information I might find of interest” and subsequently leave it to their initiative.
How pathetic! Today’s commanders can—and therefore do—rightfully demand ever-increasing amounts of quantitative information with which to eliminate uncertainties and disorder on the battlefield. For only when the highest echelon commanders are provided all of the information can they determine the appropriate course of action and issue forth appropriate tasks for subordinates. You can see that current technology has eliminated Clausewitz’s “fog of war.”
Battle of Midway
KIA / Wounded, died later / Died, POW / Invalided from service
Navy 301 8 1 15
Marine 39 1 0 1