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Espirit de corps. What kind of difference can it really make? The history of World War One definitely proves what espirit de corps can do while it sometimes leaves us wondering who the real enemy was.
.…At the end of the First World War the German Commander, Field Marshal von Ludendorff, spoke with some envy of the severity of British and French military discipline compared with that in the German army: "The Entente no doubt achieved more than we did with their considerably more severe punishments. This historic fact is well established." Certainly the British and French had many more executions then the Germans – the French during their 1917 mutinies shot an undisclosed number of mutineers to restore order – and the evidence from diaries and memoirs builds up a picture of numerous "unofficial" executions during the heat of battle. One French general ordered his artillery to bombard his own trenches when his men refused to leave them, and there are many examples of British officers using death or the threat of death to move their men forward. Lieutenant Colonel Lambert Ward recorded one occasion where a brigade of the Third Division had "cracked to a man. You could not send them back to base, yet they were in such a state that they would willingly have taken ten years’ penal servitude to stay out of the line. In these circumstances it was only the fear of death that kept them at their posts." Another British colonel was quite open about the fact that he ordered his machine-gunners to fire at some British troops who were in the process of surrendering in April 1918. As he said: "Such action as this will in a short time spread like dry rot through an army and is one of those dire duties which calls for immediate and prompt action."
A large majority of the British soldiers executed during the First World War died to maintain discipline. Their "crimes" were insignificant in the context of a civilian criminal code – desertion, cowardice, disobedience, striking a superior officer, sleeping at one’s post – yet in the context of maintaining morale in an army, the victims not only had to die but had to be seen to die by their comrades. Their punishment was in no way retributive, only exemplary. British military authorities attempted to extend their draconian measures to the all-volunteer Australian force in France after 1916, but the Australian government refused to allow it. Most British officers regarded the Australians as undisciplined, untidy, and disorderly soldiers. On the other hand, they were the best shock troops in the British army, highly rated by their German opponents. Their high morale and low desertion rates were not maintained by fear of the gun or the firing squad, but by a healthy espirit de corps. It is significant that no British commander of the period seemed to grasp this fact and seek to re-create it in his own troops….
For further reading see: Blue on Blue, A History of Friendly Fire, Author Geoffrey Regan, Avon Books, New York, New York, Copyright 1995. If you have a quote to submit for Old Bill’s Chips, please forward it to MAJ Hensley, email, or fax it to (865) 582-3208.
AT01 is behind us and some great lessons learned can be had by all. First I would like thank all of you for your hard efforts especially related to Frequency Hopping. We were very successful in getting out of the RSOI with all units fully Frequency Hopping. We now have to concentrate on our other communication methods. The foliage at Ft. Stewart caused us a lot of problems in distance reaching in both FM and MSE. The 115th Sig Bn put on a strong effort to get the shots in, keep equipment operable, reset after being jammed, and attempting to get all ULLS boxes blasting to the RSA. We as the Regiment need to help these efforts in providing as much warning of future moves so that the quartering party can set up FM (OE-254's) and MSE shots so that the moves will be able to communicate. We utilized ground and Aerial Retrans for FM, Relays for MSE, and disk pushing for ULLS. A lot of experience was gained from this AT. Now to the business at hand. We only had 3 MSRT's functional for the Regiment (115th Sig Bn had most of theirs operational), a lot of the equipment was not mounted, antennas not available, cabling missing. We must concentrate on this piece of equipment and get it fixed now. Send your MSRT's off for repair to CE Maintenance and complete the installation kits in your Hummves and 577. Each unit down to troop is equipped with this MSE transmitter/receiver that works off a MSE RAU. During our NTC tour this piece of equipment will prove invaluable, not only is it voice it can also Fax. Have your SIGO's evaluate all your equipment and get it working. We will be having some COMMEX's in the near future with MSE equipment established at Regimental Headquarters and will be using MSRT's, DNVT's, ULLS Blasting, and TACLAN. These terms should be second nature to each of us and we need to be ready to execute. The other piece of equipment that was not utilized was the AM radio's, who has operator manuals,(each user is required to have one), do you have all the antennas required for this equipment especially the inner cable within the tracks. This needs to be our second effort and it will get us communicating at the NTC. Even though this is not the preferred method it will cover any distances we could encounter. Retrans teams keep current and practice on doing multiple site retrans. Remember everybody likes to talk about communications, but nobody can talk without us.
Regimental FSE - All section personnel (6)
Squadron FSOs - All section personnel (4)
Equipment List - All items necessary to establish Digital comms (wire) & one TA 312 field phone with wire.
Lodging & Meals - Provided at Chattonooga Armory (bring your own cot & bedroll)
Transportation - GSA or military vehicle
Schedule - TBA
ROTATION RSOI FORCE ON FORCE
02-01 17-21 SEP 01 24-28 SEP 01
02-02 15-19 OCT 01 22-26 OCT 01
02-03 19-23 NOV 01 26-30 NOV 01
02-04 14-18 JAN 02 21-25 JAN 02
02-05 11-15 FEB 02 18-22 FEB 02
02-06 11-15 MAR 02 18-22 MAR 02
02-07 08-12 APR 02 15-19 APR 02
02-08 06-10 MAY 02 13-17 MAY 02
Send requests through your chain of command to CPT Sharp on the NTC project team. The Center for Army Lessons Learned and the NTC Bronco OC team have web sites with a plethora of information, check them out (http//call.army.mil/call.html or www.irwin.army.mil/bronco).
ASL - Authorized Supply Listing
ASP - Ammunition Supply Point
CSS - Combat Service Support
FMC - Fully Mission Capable
RSA - Regimental Support Area