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Why Understanding People And Their Motivations Will Prove Decisive In Future Conflict

A book by Major General Andrew Mackay and Commander Steve Tatham

The Eagle 2012The Eagle 2012 - produced by St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Review of ‘Behavioural Conflict’

The Eagle 2012
The Eagle 2012 - produced by St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Review of ‘Behavioural Conflict’

imageIn the great US series ‘Band of Brothers’ Major Dick Winters, in an interview to camera, recalls a letter he received from Sgt Mike Rannay:  ”I cherish the memories of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, ‘Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?’ Grandpa said ‘No… but I served in a company of heroes.’”

This weekend I had the privilege of marching alongside over 10,000 heroes who descended on Whitehall from every corner of the world.  It was both a humbling, emotional and hugely fun day. The banter amongst the assembled marching platoons was full on; the now rather elderly ladies of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (F.A.N.Y) blushed red as they moved onto parade to the sound of wolf whistles from chaps who really were old enough to know better and the Navy PTIs marched to cat calls of ‘feet together - begin’ (you have to be ex military to understand that).  But as Big Ben chimed eleven, quiet descended and people were left alone with their thoughts.

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