J. F. C. Fuller
Major-General John Frederick Charles Fuller, CB, CBE, DSO (September 1, 1878 – February 10, 1966), commonly J.F.C. Fuller, was a British major-general, military historian and strategist, notable as an early theorist of modern armoured warfare. He was also the inventor of "artificial moonlight" and an occultist.
- In 1919 I was the sole person who saw war in the form it would be; yet saw it only as an acorn and not as an oak.
- Quoted in Men Against Fire. S.L.A. Marshall (1947), p. 27.
- An absolute doctrine is impossible, for once a doctrine and its articles become dogma, woe to the army which lies enthralled under its spell.
- Quoted in Men Against Fire. S.L.A. Marshall (1947), p. 107.
- What thrust us into war were not Hitler's political teachings: the cause, this time, was his successful attempt to establish a new economy. The causes of the war were: envy, greed, and fear.
- The Second World War, 1939-1945: a strategical and tactical history, (1948).
- The War of the Roses in England and the Civil War in America were both internal conflicts arising out of similar ideas. In the first the clash was between feudalism and the new economic order; in the second, between an agricultural society and a new industrial one. Both led to similar ends; the first to the founding of the English nation, and the second to the founding of the American. Both were strangely interlinked; for it was men of the old military and not of the new economic mind—men, such as Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh — who founded the English colonies in America.
- Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship, ch. 1 (1957).
- It might have been the greatest lost weapon of World War II. Major-General JFC Fuller, the man credited with developing modern armored warfare in the 1920s, called failure to use it "the greatest blunder of the whole war." He even suggested that British and American tank divisions could have overrun Germany before the Russians – if it had been deployed, that is.
- As qtd. in David Hambling, "Secret Strobelight Weapons of World War II", Wired. 22 October 2012.