Jocko Willink once said his podcast is a course on military history. David and Rob are enrolling in this course in earnest. We are listening to every Jocko podcast, in sequential order, and discussing the lessons we learn.
- War is the ultimate human struggle
- Patton thought he was reincarnated- that he was a warrior over and over again - for hundreds of thousands of years
- He was a mysterious guy with a lot of different facets to him.
- People’s strengths can be their weaknesses: Patton was hyper aggressive. That was negative in some cases and worked well in others.
- Patton was an unrepentant aristocratic snob.
- Quote from Patton: May god have mercy on my enemies - they will need it.
- Patton is the most aggressive of anyone I’ve ever heard of.
- The disease of victory: rots from within leading leaders to underestimate their enemies and overestimate their own battlefield prowess. The only antidote is defeat.
- His number one characteristic was discipline.
- Always capture the highest terrain feature in your vicinity and stay on it.
- The best is the enemy of the good. By this I mean that a good plan violently executed now it better than a perfect plan next week. The determining characteristics are self confidence, speed and audacity - none of these things can ever be perfect.
- If someone can’t give you their orders in one page that means their orders are too complicated - they need to simplify their plan.
- Training: More emphasis will be placed on the hardening of men and soldiers.
- There is a tendency for the chain of command to overload junior officers by excessive requirements of training and reports. You will alleviate this burden by eliminating non essential demands.
- Patton: Any commander who fails to obtain his objective and who is not dead or severely wounded has not done his full duty.
- Patton: Remember praise is more valuable than blame.
- Patton on courage: Do not take counsel of your fears.
War As I Knew It by General Patton
No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
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