Podcast | The Principles of War Podcast

This is Part I of our interview with LT COL Harry Smith, the OC of Delta Coy / 6 RAR at the Battle of Long Tan. This episode has Harry discussing his career at 2 Commando Company and his training philosophy. We’ve also interviewed Dave Sabben about the Battle of Long Tan. Check out the […]

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We continue to look at the genesis of Royal Navy Mission Command with Lord Horatio Nelson.  The Battle of Cape St Vincent is his first famous disobediences, using his understanding of the situation, specific the view he has of how the battle is unfolding at the rear of the line and disobeys orders in order […]

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This is Part II of our look at Lord Horatio Nelson and the practice of Mission Command.  Check out episode 1 of our Nelson and Mission Command series. Check out the Part III of our Nelson and Mission Command series for the battle maps that illustrate just how he manoeuvred HMS Captain. The Battle of […]

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Lord Horatio Nelson’s command philosophy had many elements of Mission Command – we look for lessons for Leaders about how he lead his men and how it helped him generate the victories that he won.

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What was the detailed appreciation undertaken by the Australian Army that led to the formation of the Independent Companies and the birth of Australian Special Forces. What roles were they expected to undertake? How were they selected and how was the training program developed?

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