• Jack Belden


If I were asked to state what quality is almost always present on the battlefield and distinguishes a battle most sharply from any other sphere of human activity, I think I should call that quality uncertainty. This characteristic of combat is given much attention by Clausewitz, and it is instinct in every battle description Tolstoy ever wrote. It is what Foch meant when he said: “The governing condition of War is the Unknown”; and it is aptly and poetically summed up in the oft-quoted phrase “the fog of war.”


Quality Uncertainty Official Army Inexact Knowledge Good Soldier Walled Town 
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© Jack Belden 1944

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