July 1965

Silver Lance

Volume 49, Issue 7

Robert J Henley

Chester A Liddle Jr

What we anticipate seldom occurs;

What we least expected generally happens.

-Disraeli

EXERCISE SILVER LANCE, conducted on the California Coast during March, 1965, was designed to confront commanders at all levels with situations which they least expected. SILVER LANCE introduced a wide array of rapidly changing military and political situations approximating those which Marines may be obliged to face [and are facing] in many parts of the world today. Three primary training objectives emerged:

* To combat insurgency in a short-of-war setting.

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