HC Deb 13 August 1940 vol 364 cc631-2W
Mr. Gledhill

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will select lectures in strategy and tactics from British Expeditionary Force regimental junior officers and men who have had actual fighting experience of the strategy and tactics used by German mechanised columns working with aircraft and infantry in France and Poland, and only appoint these to the War Office and staff college?

Mr. Eden

The persons best qualified to lecture on strategy and tactics are those who have been able to make a thorough study of the German Army and its methods, and to obtain and sift all fresh evidence as it comes to light. The individual experiences of junior officers and men on the battlefield are only parts of the whole picture, and I do not think they would claim to be the sole or the best authorities on the lessons to be drawn from the fighting.

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