Professional Military Education | The Principles of War Podcast

Episode One: The most Manouevrist Campaign the Australian Army has ever fought.

We look at how the Principles of War podcast is going to work, what we want to do and how we are going to do it. We discuss how terrain plays a part in the outcomes of battles and we will be looking at leadership.

Episode Two: The Japanese and Allied Centres of Gravity for the Malaya Campaign

The Centre of Gravity is that characteristic, capability or locality from which a force, nation or alliance derives its freedom of action, strength or will to fight. For the British, the CoG was the Singapore Naval Base.  It was the fundamental part of the defence of the whole of South East Asia.

Centre of Gravity Analysis with COL Dale Eikmeier

We talk to COL Dale Eikmeier about the Ends, Ways and Means methodology for determining the Center of Gravity.

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Learn the lessons of doctrine, leadership, strategy and tactics by breaking down the great battles of history and studying them through the principles of war.

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We look at military history through the lens of the principles of war and current doctrine to better understanding tactics and strategy, terrain and leadership.

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How did GEN Kenney create a culture of military innovation and creativity in the SWPA? The SWPA was a third priority for resources for the Allies, who had adopted a Germany first approach.  In the East, GEN MacArthur found himself in competition with ADM Nimitz for resources and to be the strategic priority. You fight […]

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We start our Joint Professional Military Education campaigning with the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, a land battle, fought at sea and won in the air. 1st March 1943 a convoy left Rabaul.  This was the Japanese Operation 81. Battle of the Bismarck Sea Centre of Gravity Analysis We conduct a quick assessment of the […]

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Was Leadership and Morale the critical difference between that Japanese and the Australians troops that fought on top of Palliers Hill. With such difficult terrain and being outnumbered, how could Palliers Hill have been a victory for 9 Platoon from the 2/14th? We finish our look at the Considerations for the Defence of Palliers Hill […]

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We look at the considerations for the defence of Palliers Hill.  How did the Japanese plan their defence?  What were the appreciations that their commander went through as he laid out his defensive position? We finish off the considerations for the attack on Palliers, which we started in the previous episode. The considerations for the […]

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The Considerations for the Attack – we look at these factors in this classic infantry attack.  Have a listen to the podcast on your favourite podcast player for all of the details on this battle. We look at the considerations for the attack as LT Pallier assaults the hill that would come to bear his […]

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