The motto of the US Army Infantry is “Follow me”. Every infantryman from the lowest private to the highest general is expected to lead the way regardless of the personal danger. The Elite of the US Army Infantry are the Paratroopers, and in the Airborne the Officer is always the first out of the plane. First to hit the DZ, and first to get shot at. When the 29th Infantry Division landed on Normandy beach the mission had gone all to hell, it took a Sergeant here a Lieutenant there, to create impromptu units, and storm the fortifications. Once the Engineers were able to clear the majority of the obstacles the Assistant Division Commander for the 29th Infantry Division, Norman Cota, in overall command of what was left of the first wave turned to the commander of his most elite unit under his command, 5th Ranger Bn, Major Max Schneider and ordered “Rangers, Lead the Way!”
A good primer on leadership fundamentals. I’m going to have to pay more attention to the Mad Medic.