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DISCIPLINE September 1st, 1916. My Bear Dick, ? My subject in
writing to you to-day will be discipline as applied to the soldier
and his officer. It is a word of which you will, no doubt, have
heard much, but it is also one the importance of which absolutely
cannot be exaggerated. It is the moral force which creates the
essential difference between an army and a collection of men with
muskets. Without it genius, hardihood, and endurance are wasted. It
is discipline which enables men to hold on and stick it out when
all seems up. It was discipline which enabled our Expeditionary
Force to get back from Mons, and it was discipline which enabled
some battalions to get back with comparatively no losses from
stragglers, whilst others lost many. In a well-disciplined unit men
find it almost impossible not to obey the commander's voice,
however tired they may be, or however terrible the order. They thus
work as one man. When, during the Mutiny, the Residency at Lucknow
was besieged by the mutineers, their trenches were in some places
only forty or fifty yards from ours. We know how brave some of the
native races of India are; they outnumbered us by twenty to one;
and if they had, directed by a single leader, made a charge on a
large front, they could undoubtedly have got in, but as they had no
confidence in their commanders, and no discipline, the Residency
held out until it was relieved. Had the Boers had discipline on
Waggon Hill on January 6th, 1900, they could have taken it; but,
fortunately for us, they had not, and Ladysmith held out. It is
discipline which puts it within the power of the commander by
sacrificing part of his force to save the rest. Napoleon used to
say that the moral is to the physical as three is to one, and among
moral forces none is for the so...
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