Topic: Militia - Military Orders
Military Order 151, 1907 deals with the syllabus for an up coming officer training course for 15 carefully selected candidates.
Military Order 151, 1907
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Examination of this order relating to the training of officers reveals a great deal about the mindset of military at the time. In 1907 the Civil War in America was still instructive, especially that of Stonewall Jackson. In addition, they are examining the latest information from the Russo-Japanese War. It is interesting that the experience of the Boer War is not taken into account in Officer training, something that did not occur until about 1915 for the Light Horse. For the infantry, it would have been more instructive to look at the consequences of massed cannonades at Gettysburg and Port Arthur on charging troops as well as the importance of entrenchments for the defenders. The romance of war is key to this training course rather than the reality of mechanised warfare.
Citation: Military Order 151, 1907