The first duty is to sacrifice to the gods and pray them to grant you the thought,words, and deeds likely to render your command most pleasing to the gods and bring yourself, your friends, and your city the fullest measure of affection and glory and advantage.


To become free by their own efforts…the only test…of a people’s having become fit for popular institutions is that they or a sufficient portion of them to prevail in the contest, are willing to brave labor and danger for their liberation.

John Stuart Mill

What is School of War

School of War is a blog dedicated to the study of war and warfare, and of the many verlooked aspects that often make a difference in winning and losing. Areas that are often a subject at School of War are COIN, cultural awareness, operations, learning (especially through wargames).

Who is School of War for

School of War is for all those who want to look at the conduct of war from a different angle and who are concerned with excellence in the conduct of operations and tactics.

About Ilhan

School of War is run by Ilhan. Ilhan is a German defense specialist. He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Technical University of Munich as well as doing graduate work at the Georgia Institute of Technology before deciding that a life in the military would be better suited for him.

All opinions expressed on this blog are his own, and not official policy or opinion of any state or non-state organization or institution.


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School of War

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