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Battle Studies

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish (July 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404385606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404385603
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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This is not (or was not for me) an easy read. Having said that the book delves into the necessity for a consideration of "moral" in an army. I do not believe that maral will always win the day but it can (and I believe does) make a difference.
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This book is in the public domain, so it can be downloaded for free from several websites. This translation (English from the French original) was first published in 1921. The printed version has 242 pages.

The author of this book is considered to have been a talented military analist and military historian. He was a colonel in the French army and died of wounds sustained in battle in 1870. So this book has to be written no later than 1870.

I do recommend this book to anyone who is interested in military history, history in general, or in military strategy.

CONTENTS

FRONTISPIECE--PORTRAIT OF COLONEL ARDANT DU PICQ
FOREWORD
PREFACE
TRANSLATOR'S NOTE
INTRODUCTION
A MILITARY THINKER
RECORD OF MILITARY SERVICE OF COLONEL ARDANT DU PICQ
EXTRACT FROM THE HISTORY OF THE 10TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

PART ONE: ANCIENT BATTLE

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER
I MAN IN PRIMITIVE AND ANCIENT COMBAT
II KNOWLEDGE OF MAN MADE ROMAN TACTICS; THE SUCCESSES OF HANNIBAL;
THOSE OF CAESAR
III ANALYSIS OF THE BATTLE OF CANNAE
IV ANALYSIS OF THE BATTLE OF PHARSALUS AND SOME CHARACTERISTIC
EXAMPLES
V MORALE IN ANCIENT BATTLE
VI HOW REAL COMBATANTS ARE OBTAINED AND HOW THE FIGHTING OF TO-DAY
REQUIRES THEM TO BE MORE DEPENDABLE THAN IN ANCIENT BATTLE
VII PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY AND WHAT IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE IT

PART TWO: MODERN BATTLE

I GENERAL DISCUSSION

1. Ancient and Modern Battle
2. Moral Elements in Battle
3. Material and Moral Effect
4. The Theory of Strong Battalions
5. Combat Methods

II INFANTRY

1. Masses--Deep Columns
2. Skirmishers--Supports--Reserves--Squares
3. Firing
4.
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I had a hard time putting this book down. Nice job Mr. .........! Very informative and straight to the point.
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Great book
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As an amateur military historian I enjoyed this book. I've always been dumbfounded as to the logic of 18/19th century battle tactics (I mean, how stupid is it to wear a bright red coat and slowly march towards an enemy who is pointing a very scary gun in your direction). Well, this book explains exactly why they did that. I think it's possible to understand some of the theories as to why they did those mass charges during WW1.

Although there are eternal "nuggets of truth" peppered throughout this text which can be used by today's soldiers I believe there are better texts out there which help explain current military theories than Col. Du Picq.
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