Hun Manet, deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and the commander of the army, said the study of military history is the study of the history of national defence, war and armed conflict. Analysing the victories and defeats of the past are crucial to the development of any modern military.

He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a military history workshop – on win-win policy to promote peace and harmony – on November 7 at the Ministry of National Defence.

He said history is an essential resource for the development of strategic wisdom and leadership. Cambodia had undergone many historical events, especially the aftermath of a prolonged war, until it was able to enjoy its current lasting peace through win-win policy.

“Military history in Cambodia is a rich source of lessons learned and a powerful resource of knowledge. This knowledge builds and purifies the strategic wisdom that is essential to the success of the RCAF in the present and in the future,” said a social media post by the RCAF.

Hun Manet considered the workshop an important contribution to enhancing the capacities of individual soldiers and the RCAF as a whole through an understanding of military history and the successful implementation of Prime Minister Hun Sen's win-win policy.

He added that the first session would play an important role in supplementing the knowledge they had already gained from similar history workshops at the regional military level.