Standing just outside the apartment, he didn’t have to strain to hear the shouting from inside. It echoed out clearly to him, and probably to the neighbors one floor below if they were home at that moment. Roderich didn’t even care if they overheard, not after reading the texts that followed it.
The deafening silence that had fallen between them with that one text message had admittedly frightened him. The thought of being ignored was strangely more upsetting that the thought of receiving a hateful or mocking reply.
He had been contemplating just leaving, fleeing from the apartment again before he’d even stepped in but the sound of the others voice had locked him in place. Uncontrollably smiling at the sea of text messages which followed it, he wondered if he looked stupid swelling up with relief as he slid down the wall beside the door and crouched down to the floor.
There’d been a knock against the floor following them, and it didn’t take long before he realized that it was probably Gilbert’s phone. Which meant he wouldn’t notice if Roderich replied back… .. so he called him instead. “…~”
Higher commands are not inherently bad
It strikes me that a lot of the support for pure Auftragstaktik (see here and here) is that a lot of people think that higher headquarters are inherently bad and unnecessary organizations. That if only we let the staff sergeants and captains run our wars everything would work out just fine.
What a load of crap. Those staff sergeants and captains are as important to the war as any 3- or 4-star general, but wars can’t be fought that way. Higher commands (brigades to corps) serve important functions in determining the allocation of assets (based on warfighting priorities that should in turn be based on a campaign plan).
As an extreme example, during the surge there were 20 brigades in Iraq who own battlespace. Who had the priority of assets? There were two brigades of aviation (designed to support 4 brigades each) - who gets support and who doesn’t? Do you think 20 colonels could get in a room and sort that out among themselves? Dive down a level if you think brigade commanders aren’t necessary or micromanage too much. Each brigade had 3 maneuver battalions (give or take) - would 60 lieutenant colonels be able to sort this out together and just agree on what they need? We can keep doing this until we get to privates.
No, of course not. This is why we have higher commands - to allocate resources. And many of those resources come with constraints and restraints and they officer who owns them probably wants to ensure it’s being used wisely. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
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[Considering what was happening this week, the number of visitors at her door doesn’t surprise her. And there is also the slightly childish hope that one of them, at least, brought a gift along. But she greets you all with a cheerful smile and welcomes you in, out of the cold, with greetings and offers of warm drinks.]