My recent article on the Betrayal of Sergeant Alexander Blackman mentioned “the advice of Liddell Hart and Colonel T.E. Lawrence” and gave in a footnote its source as W.F. Hogarth’s paper The Point of the Spear. I’ve received suggestions that this blog ought to publish it, but that has not yet been agreed. However, here is one dating from 2007 that covers much of the same ground and, as the IED menace in Afghanistan was then in its very early stages, appears embarrassingly prescient.
It includes also the Lawrence quotation relevant to the doctrinal failings that affect the Blackman case. Readers will be interested to note that in respect of the Turks whose tactics he criticised, and our 21st century MoD copied, he wrote of the “helpless” regular soldier who “owned the ground he sat on, and what he could point his rifle at …” FOB in Helmand?
Of interest too will be his final argument for the use of our air supremacy to save lives. This was 2007, and it was ignored.
Here is the link to the PDF version:
As most readers will be aware, the Blackman case is going to the Court of Appeal, so not all hope is lost. The support of the public is, I believe, a comfort for the Blackman family and that support may perhaps increase a little if readers forward the forbesblog.net link to as many of their friends and colleagues as possible.