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As Sun Tzu said: A good leader surprises his enemy by being were he is least expected

  • Aug 13, 2010
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As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.
 
The biopic "Midway" is one of the best movies showing how important it is for good leaders to deceive their enemy by being were they are least expected, and using this element of surprise to enable an inferior force defeat a superior force.  This concept is expertly portrayed in the film through the character of Admiral Chester Nimitz (Henry Fonda).  By having his intelligence staff give him enough information on the whereabouts of the Japanese fleet; Nimitz was able to lay a trap and destroy the effectiveness of the Japanese fleet for the rest of the war.  From that time period on the Japanese were on the defense.  This movie has an all star cast but they do not overshadow the importance of this epic naval story!
Like the “Longest Day,” this is a great movie showing the leadership challenges of conducting such a large military operation.
 

As Sun Tzu said: A good leader surprises his enemy by being were he is least expected

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As Sun Tzu said: A good leader surprises his enemy by being were he is least expected As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men. The biopic "Midway" is one of the best movies showing how important it is for good leaders to deceive their enemy by being were they are least expected, and using this element of surprise to enable an inferior force defeat …
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Director: John Ford
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: January 1, 1942
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: John Ford
Runtime: 30min
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