aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

A prayer before battle

O Lord, thou knowest how busy I must be this day;
if I forget thee, do not thou forget me.
-- Sir Jacob Astley, before the Battle of Edgehill, 1642

I leave in five hours for camp, there to prepare several wagonloads of food for five hundred hungry Scouts. I'll probably forget something, or find something not as I wanted it. Help may not arrive in as timely a manner as I've asked, or there may be other difficulties. That's just the way it is.

Q. Can you tell me how a battle works?

A. Well, in my opinion a battle never works; it never works according to plan. . . . The plan is only a common base for changes. It's very important that everybody should know the plan, so you can change easily. But the modern battle is very fluid, and you have to make your decisions very fast -- and mostly not according to plan.

Q. But at least everybody knows where you're coming from?

A. And where you're going to, more or less.
Gen. Dan Laner, Israeli Defense Forces commander, Golan Heights, 1973; War, by Gwynne Dyer, p 134

My plan is made. We'll see how it goes. There's still a lot to do to prepare and pack and pick up on my way to the battlefield -- er, kitchen.

Wish us luck!

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