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Sherman (V) explains generalship and the distinct roles of regiments and companies

More to celebrate Confederate Defeat Month from General Sherman:

  • "The company is the true unit of discipline, and the captain is the company."
  • "The regiment is the family.... In war the regiment should never be subdivided, but should always be maintained entire."
  • "No general can accomplish the full work of his army unless he commands the soul of his men, as well as their bodies and legs."

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'The Burning Shore': An account of submarine warfare along the east coast

The Best Defense mailboat, MV George C. Marshall, managed to evade any U-boats lurking below the North Atlantic ice floes and then steamed into my little harbor. A burly deckhand hurled to the dock a new book that looks to be fun, Ed Offley's The Burning Shore: How Hitler's U-Boats Brought World War II to America. This is a subject that we don't talk about much, that early phase of the war when Americans could see their ships burning just offshore, so I am glad that Ed turned to it. I haven't yet read it, but I remember reading a good mystery novel about the subject, Something in the Water.