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 Posted: Fri Apr 17th, 2009 03:14 am
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My oversimplified rules of combat include these  that Kilpartick ignored at his well-intentioned but ill-conceived Richmond Raid. 

1. The more complicated the battle plan, the more likely it is to fail.

     A corellary of this is that if everyone does not have a perfect understanding of the plan, some one will mess up.

     A second corellary is that one must allow for challenges such as bad weather, bad maps, unreliable guides, swollen rivers, no bridges, and surprise attacks by the enemy.

2. If there is no contingency plan, there will be disasters if things go wrong.

3. Generals who lead by guess and by golly get too many of their men killed.

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