Combat Orders

“Can a battalion operate on verbal orders? Absolutely, yes.” - MajGen O.K. Steele, CG 2nd MarDiv, 1990

Combat Orders

Nesting the Main Effort

Verbal Orders Techniques


“All Stations, Kodiak Actual”

“Ten Years of TDGs” MCG 2003

France 1940: XIX Panzer Corps

Italy 1943: Operation AVALANCHE

Orders Articles

Orders Shorthand

“A Critique of Pure Success”


Commander’s Intent


“Rethinking Combat Orders”


Plans that Survive First Contact

Orders Shorthand

Doctrinal Terms

Orders Handouts

Bad Orders

Verbal Orders in Iraq: 3/7 OIF AAR



1st Division Order in Oran 1942


Attack Orders FM 17-33 1949

“Combat Orders at Kasserine Pass”


“The Battle of Goose Green”


A CAX Order 2000


Matrix Order Techniques


Letter to Infantry Officer Course



“The higher the command, the shorter and simpler the order.”

- LtGen George S. Patton, 1945

“The most important thing was that I gave all orders verbally.”

- Gen Hermann Balck, 1945

“Those who cannot be trusted to act on clear and concise
verbal orders … are useless.”

- General Bernard Montgomery, 1958

“Orders were more often than not verbal.”

- LtGen William Slim, CG XIV
Army, Burma, 1944

“In France in 1918, a Division … order was sometimes fifteen or twenty pages long. After the war … efforts were made
to cut down this verbosity but … as late as 1927 … I found a battalion order three and four pages in length.”

- General George Marshall, 1942

“We cannot … issue long-winded orders, either written or oral. Whatever order we … issue must be short and … clear.
If we hope to do this in war we must practice it in peace.”

 - Adolph von Schell, Battle Leadership