To produce strategic knowledge in the pursuit of real-life objectives
To promote the use of innovative technology in the pursuit of real-life objectives
To generate interest in history and academics as a whole
The decision and initiative to actually create this site in the first place had built up for awhile. I had always been captivated by the military, whether it was playing with my plastic toy soldiers as a child, reading the great commanders’ advice or poring over campaign maps in the late hours after my homework was done. Simon Goodenough’s Tactical Genius in Battle peaked my interest in the personal duel between commanders while Robert Greene’s 33 Strategies of War showed me how military strategy and tactics can be applied to real life, giving the subject real value.
I believe that if one is truly passionate about something, one should always be passionate to share it with others so that they might appreciate it even if it is just a little bit. So one day, someone asked me to give her a lesson on the Napoleonic Wars so that she could do well in her history course. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to educate her on the strategies and tactics used by each nation at the grand strategic and tactical levels. At the end, she felt that she really understood the Napoleonic Wars militarily and historically as a whole, especially the Battles of Austerlitz and Waterloo which I had drawn up. I reasoned that if I could teach her military strategy and tactics, and enjoy it, I could and should teach others.
However, even with an extensive knowledge of military studies, I myself found it difficult to understand what happened in a battle or campaign because of the way it was presented. At most, three still maps and massive paragraph chunks would be used to explain a fluid situation which was constantly changing and progressing. How was I to teach strategies and tactics to someone who knew nothing of such things to begin with? The only solution was to develop the method of presentation you can view now. Thank you to my late grandfather, Donald Palmer, for sparking my interest in history all those years ago.
- Jonathan Webb