Indeed. But as the commander on the ground there must have been the temptation to either:
(1) Jack it in pretty early as a futile exercise and why get hurt?, or:
(2) Keep fighting for a bit too long (in order not to look like a weed in front of the blokes) and get people unnecessarily hurt or killed in the process.
Seems that he had the moral courage and good judgement to do neither and pretty much struck the right balance.