The nature of encounter operations required of the commanders limitless initiative and constant readiness to take the responsibility for military actions
I thought I'd join the RAF and become a wing commander. I realised this wasn't possible, although I do have a pilot's licence.
My rationale was that commanders and leaders have to judge and assess subordinates on their merit, and considerations that are not merit-based should not be part of the equation.
Norton A. Schwartz
The general verdict among the German generals I interrogated in 1945 was that Field-Marshal von Manstein had proved the ablest commander in their Army, and the man they had most desired to become its Commander-in-Chief. It is very clear that he had a superb sense of operational possibilities and equal mastery in the conduct of operations, together with a greater grasp of the potentialities of mechanized forces than any other commander who had not been trained in the tank arm. In sum, he had military genius.
Erich von Manstein
The spring of 1942 was given over to a very impassioned, strategic debate about where we should first attack in counterpunching against the Germans and Italians. The British argued very persuasively on the part of Winston Churchill, prime minister, that this was a very green American Army, green soldiers, green commanders.
Men are basically smart or dumb and lazy or ambitious. The dumb and ambitious ones are dangerous and I get rid of them. The dumb and lazy ones I give mundane duties. The smart ambitious ones I put on my staff. The smart and lazy ones I make my commanders.