Honorable Mention, 1914
Motto: "The combat is the real warlike activity, everything else is only its auxiliary."—CLAUSEWITZ.
So often one hears demands for a statement of rules which will prescribe, clearly and concisely, what tactical measures are desirable in various situations that may arise on the naval field of battle. It should not take more than second thought to understand both the impracticability and the undesirability of any such elementary definition; nor to become convinced that tactical success depends upon so clear a comprehension by the commissioned personnel of the underlying principles, that correct application of the latter, to any situation which may arise in action, will become almost automatic. No form of standardized "rules for tactical conduct" can ever be an efficient substitute for this type of trained personnel.