I doubt it, I think USMC was refering to himself. Much of Sun Tsu stands even today in the world of technology. Also, I think it would be quite hard for Sun to be a walt as it is largely a compilation of writings.
As a graduate historian, I am always keen to broaden my horizons. So, come on, USMarineX, educate me as to why Sun Tzu (never before encountered your spelling. But then, you claim to be American don't you?) is a walting cnut?
Naafi queue indeed! Don't worry, I spotted the Irony.
Like many soldiers of that generation Jarry is a Legend. Had a pint with him on a couple of occassions, he talked a hell of a lot more sense than my DS.
Meeting people like Jarry and reading the odd historical account was a valuable part of my training, probably different now as the DS in various training schools will have real world war fighting experience. When I went through the system, we had inexperienced DS who in some cases had no operational experience at all - I was amazed at the total arrogance displayed by some of the junior Captains, the less experienced the bigger the 'DS God Complex' - so guest lectures from the WW2/Korea/Falklands/Gulf guys gave a valuable insight to balance the sometimes baseless theories we were having forced upon us by doctrine police.
And no, Bravo Two Zero wasn't on the reading List!
Rereading this after an interval I see I havent got it quite right. What I meant was that Jary's importance as an authority is enhanced by the fact so few of his peers survived. Amongst them there would have been better authors, tacticians and teachers but by their bad fortune or Jarys good fortune he is the one both available and inclined to pass on his experience. BTW I'm not intending any disrespect by this line of argument, I suspect the man himself like many veterans would be quick to acknowledge the loss of the flower of their generation.
Brandt, would 'normal' career rules apply in wartime. Granted Enoch Powells ascent was massively accelerated but would it not be the case that the high rates of attrition in Platoon Commanders lead to at least some of the able being held there? If a company commander had a star platoon with an unusually able commander might he not be inclined to try and keep them together and use them to deal with especially difficult jobs?
Go on, Walter. I'm intrigued. Humour us. Do something useful before you get banned for being a loud-mouthed, trolling, walting cnut who hasn't served a day in his sad, meaningless and lonely life. Regale us all with your encyclopaedic knowledge of pre-Imperial Chinese history. Please... pretty please... with sugar on top.
Or alternatively you could just fcuk off and stop bothering us. I'll be happy either way.