Infantrymen of Lieutenant D.S. Barrie's platoon of The Highland Light Infantry of Canada relaxing during a rest period, France, 20 June 1944. Location: France. Date: June 20, 1944. Photographer: Ken Bell. Mikan Number: 3205673. From the Library and Archives Canada virtual exhibit "Faces of War."
The Essential Qualities of a Junior Officer
From ATM 47; reprinted in Canadian Army Training Memorandum, No 37, April 1944
(A senior officer commanding overseas considers the following attributes to be vital in the make-up of a company or platoon commander, if he is to lead his command with success in battle.)
1. Speedy decision based on careful reconnaissance, and the capacity to take aggressive action without waiting to be told and without wasting time.
2. A knowledge of manoeuvre; how to put in a quick flanking attack when it is required, and how to avoid throwing troops away by pounding straight ahead against well-organized resistance.
3. A high standard of map reading, including foreign maps.
4. An accurate knowledge of the use of the compass and of other aids to the maintenance of direction.
5. Ability to handle his command at night in the approach march, forming up, night attack, silent approach, and bayonet assault.
6. Capacity to reorganize on an objective.