logistics vs. tactics

December 1st, 2003  

Topic: logistics vs. tactics

I heard a quote some time ago about how you can tell the difference between a novice general and a veteran general because a novice discusses tactics and a veteran discusses logistics. I thought it was by Napolean but I never found it. Any ideas?
December 1st, 2003  
Hi Diplomatic, and welcome to the forum!

I tried to find some info about this quote before, but it's hard to find who said it first..

You can check out this thread for some more info: http://www.military-quotes.com/forum...hlight=tactics
February 8th, 2004  

Topic: brand new

A novice general has no idea how to manage large units. they think war is all about blowing things up. That's only 25% of what war is really about. War to a veteran general is about smarts and how to use what you have to its maximum advantage. The idaea of intel is powerful, but knowing how to use it against an enemy takes skill and smarts.
October 11th, 2004  
I think this doesn't apply to most Western generals in the modern day.
January 23rd, 2013  
I don't know the quote verbatim.... but I believe it was Romel that made that quote regarding a question asked about logistics vs tactics. I personally believe it always has to do with logistics and the personal experience you have about your opponent.
January 23rd, 2013  
Seems an odd comment for Rommel to make given that he had very little understanding of the role logistics played in modern warfare.
Rommel earned the disdain of General Halder with comments like:
I could not restrain a somewhat impolite smile, and asked him what he would be needing for the purpose. He thought he would need another two Panzer Corps. I asked him, 'Even if we had them, how are you going to supply them and feed them?' To this, I received the classic reply, 'That's quite immaterial to me. That's your pigeon.'