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War Studies

The Department of War Studies is responsible for a key component of the Commissioning Course – the study of war and modern military history.

In a combination of lecture and seminars, the syllabus covers five main areas:

  • Theories of war
  • Manoeuvre warfare
  • Expeditionary operations
  • Insurgency and counter-insurgency
  • Officership

A highlight of the War Studies course is Exercise Normandy Scholar during which all officer cadets spend two full days in Normandy examining real tactical-level scenarios from the 1944 campaign. This helps them develop a familiarity with and understanding of command, decision-making and leadership.

At the end of the course there is a prize for the best Commandant’s War Studies Paper, a 2,000 word essay.

Contact the War Studies department using the Contact us form.

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