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Learn the lessons of military history by looking at the great battles through the lens of the Principles of War. Part of the enduring nature of war, all good Generals follow the 10 Principles of War. The great Generals of history have the ability to know which of the principles are most important at the decisive moments of the campaign.

We study the great battles to draw the lessons on strategy, tactics and leadership.

The Principles of War - Lessons from Military History on Strategy, Tactics and Leadership‪.‬ James Eling

    • History
    • 5.0 • 82 Ratings

Learn the lessons of military history by looking at the great battles through the lens of the Principles of War. Part of the enduring nature of war, all good Generals follow the 10 Principles of War. The great Generals of history have the ability to know which of the principles are most important at the decisive moments of the campaign.

We study the great battles to draw the lessons on strategy, tactics and leadership.

    Employment of Artillery at 2nd El Alamein

    Employment of Artillery at 2nd El Alamein

    This episode looks at the development of artillery doctrine leading up to 2nd Battle of El Alamein.
    2nd Alamein was the apogee of Australian Artillery in the Second World War and we will look at the role that BRIG Ramsay from 9th Div Arty built a team and capability to support the 9th Div and MAJ GEN Morshead.
    The lessons learnt from Ex Bumper - the largest exercise ever conducted by the British Army in preparation for a German invasion of England. The required improvements in artillery C2 Centralisation at the Divisional and higher level. The lack of the AGRA - the Army Group Royal Artillery. Montgomery, who had fought in WW1, understood the impact that artillery can have and was keen to restore it's capability to delivery decisive effects on the battlefield.  How did he do this?
    Check out the show notes for the podcast for all of the information that we cover in this episode as well as the images and other details that didn't make it into the podcast.

    • 35 min
    The Role of Artillery at 2nd Alamein

    The Role of Artillery at 2nd Alamein

    We look at the roles of Artillery, including how it integrated with all of the Forces within 8th Army.
    2nd Alamein is the apogee of Australian Artillery in the Second World War and we will look at the role that BRIG Ramsay from 9th Div Arty built a team and capability to support the 9th Div and MAJ GEN Morshead.
    We will look at:
    Field Artillery Medium and Heavy Artillery Anti Aircraft Artillery Survey Anti Tank Artillery Met Comms C2 Check out the show notes for the podcast for all of the information that we cover in this episode as well as the images and other details that didn't make it into the podcast.
     

    • 38 min
    87 - Julian Corbett and British Maritime and Grand Strategy with Professor Andrew Lambert

    87 - Julian Corbett and British Maritime and Grand Strategy with Professor Andrew Lambert

    This episode is an interview with Professor Andrew Lambert about Sir Julian Corbett, the premier maritime strategist in the 20th century.
    We discuss Corbett, Maritime and Grand Strategy, Churchill and the Dardenelles Campaign.
    We also look at his contribution to PME.
    If you would like to know more about the impact the Corbett had in Maritime and Grand Strategy, please read Professor's Lambert's excellent book - 'The British Way of War'.
    Check out the show notes for the podcast for all of the information that we cover in this episode as well as the images and other details that didn't make it into the podcast.
    Andrew Lambert is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College. After completing research in the Department he taught at Bristol Polytechnic,(now the University of West of England), the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and also Director of the Laughton Naval Unit. In 2020 he was made a Fellow of Kings College London (FKC).

    • 40 min
    Lessons learnt from the 2nd Battle of El Alamein

    Lessons learnt from the 2nd Battle of El Alamein

    This is the 6th episode in our El Alamein series.
    This episode looks at the conduct of the 2nd Battle of El Alamein, the impact that it had on the Second World War and the lessons learnt.
    This episode looks only at Operation Lightfoot, and examines the battle predominantly from the viewpoint of the 9th Australian Division and the critical role that they played in the fighting.
    Check out the show notes for the podcast for all of the information that we cover in this episode as well as the images and other details that didn't make it into the podcast.

    • 51 min
    85 - Monty fights to buy time for the 8th Army at Alam Halfa

    85 - Monty fights to buy time for the 8th Army at Alam Halfa

    This is our 5th episode of our 2nd Battle of El Alamein series.  This episode looks at Rommel's attack at Alam Halfa just 17 days after Monty took command. 
    Why did Rommel attack? How did Monty prepare for the attack? How did the Battle go? What lessons were learnt? Check out the show notes for the podcast for all of the information that we cover in this episode as well as the images and other details that didn't make it into the podcast.

    • 31 min
    84 - Montgomery, Fighting Power and turning moral around in the 8th Army

    84 - Montgomery, Fighting Power and turning moral around in the 8th Army

    This is our 4th episode of our 2nd Battle of El Alamein series.  This episode looks at when LT GEN B L Montgomery took command of 8th Army.  He didn't like what he saw, so using the concept of Fighting Power, we look at the changes that he took to get the Army ready to take on the Desert Fox.
    Check out the show notes for the podcast for all of the information that we cover in this episode as well as the images and other details that didn't make it into the podcast.

    • 38 min

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Long Tan series with Dave Sabben

As a former ARes Staff Cadet I find this whole podcast incredibly interesting and full of very practical information.

In particular the series on Long Tan with Dave Sabben is brilliant! Dave’s account is incredibly detailed, insightful and still absolutely relevant to 21st century war fighting.

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The Principles of War

Brilliant. As an ex-infantryman and now teacher and cadet officer I’m loving listening to these as I commute in and out to work! Thank you very much!

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Focussed, professional and pertinent

As an Army reserve officer candidate preparing for office selection board, this podcast has proven extraordinarily useful in preparatory background learning on the history of Australian campaigns, battles and application of land warfare doctrine.

James keeps the podcasts on point, interesting and engaging with a good balance between theory, explanation and application in historical context.

An outstanding resource for military enthusiasts, aspirants and professionals alike.

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