Q. Can you tell me how a battle works?
A. Well, in my opinion a battle never works; it never works according to plan.... The plan is only a common base for changes. It's very important that everyone should know the plan, so you can change easily. But the modern battle is very fluid, and you have to make your decisions very fast - and mostly not according to plan.
Q. But at least everybody knows where you're coming from?
A. And where you're going to, more or less.
- General Dan Laner, Israeli Defense Forces commander, Golan Heights, 1973