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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Dec 2021 9:44 p.m. PST

What must a general never assume?

DisasterWargamer24 Dec 2021 9:52 p.m. PST

Hope is not a plan

smithsco24 Dec 2021 9:59 p.m. PST

His intelligence and reconnaissance are completely accurate

Chimpy24 Dec 2021 10:50 p.m. PST

The dice gods….

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2021 3:01 a.m. PST

…that the enemy will fall for his Cunning Plan!

Wargamer Blue25 Dec 2021 3:13 a.m. PST

His opponent is dumb.

Redcurrant25 Dec 2021 3:25 a.m. PST

That his opponent does not also have his own cunning plan.

Griefbringer25 Dec 2021 4:39 a.m. PST

… that his own army will understand his cunning plan.

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2021 4:42 a.m. PST

….his superiors.

advocate25 Dec 2021 6:32 a.m. PST

… the weather
… his opponent will react the way the general wants him to

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2021 8:20 a.m. PST


rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2021 9:02 a.m. PST

He has planned for every possibility.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2021 9:06 a.m. PST

All of the above!


TMPWargamerabbit25 Dec 2021 10:50 a.m. PST

Opponent reading the rules of….. ( fill in blank).

14Bore25 Dec 2021 10:57 a.m. PST

Subordinates have a brain to share between them

Perris070725 Dec 2021 11:42 a.m. PST

79th PA pretty much nailed it.

Wackmole925 Dec 2021 12:27 p.m. PST

that his plan will survive contract with the Enemy.

Korvessa25 Dec 2021 1:22 p.m. PST

political allies after winning a battle

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Dec 2021 3:25 p.m. PST

That his first, most basic assumption isn't a pile of ____ (fill in the blank).


Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Dec 2021 4:00 p.m. PST

In real war --- that his opponents are unwilling, unprepared, undedicated, unequipped, stupid cowards.

Russ Dunaway

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2021 11:15 p.m. PST

That his staff knows where his subordinate commands are and that their commanders will follow his directions to the best of their ability. Also, that they realize what to do if they are unable to carry out his orders. And one last one, that his subordinate commanders provide valuable and timely upward flow of communication back to him. We wargamers have that 1,000 foot high view and can see everything thus few have rules for the upward flow of communication. 20% of the Command and Control function: Commanding element; Commanded element; downward flow of communication (we do all that pretty well); upward flow of communication (My beef here) and finally Friction at all levels. THAT is command and control for all periods. (Not a command radius.)

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Dec 2021 5:23 a.m. PST

… his fingers and toes in public.

That is, along with information you must provide image, to everyone associated with (not just in) the battle. Don't rely on the assumption that everyone thinks you and your plan are as awesome as you think.

This is the first challenge of leadership. Everyone may want the same information from you, but the don't want the same image of you. Some people's image of you is only tenuously associated with your actual behaviour and words or facts, for better or worse – both ways are a problem.

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2021 6:04 a.m. PST

history remembering him fondly

Repiqueone26 Dec 2021 9:25 a.m. PST

An abacus when better tools are available.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2021 2:18 p.m. PST

His assumptions about the enemy

SpuriousMilius31 Dec 2021 9:55 a.m. PST

"No plan of battle survives contact with the enemy."

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