Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant du Picq; Roger J. Spiller, ed. works of Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, Battle Studies was first published in Paris ten years after.
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Every measure that does not keep combat as the object of the army is fatal. Before du Picq began his famous manuscripts, the French military relied heavily upon the writings of former Chief of Staff Baron Antoine-Henri Jomini studifs it came to warfare.
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Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant du Picq 19 October — 18 August was studids French Army officer and military theorist of the mid-nineteenth century whose writings, as they were later interpreted by other theorists, had a great effect on French military theory and doctrine.
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There is the science of the organization of armies in a nutshell. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Parts of this military analysis were fascinating, but other parts were off the mark. This work was published in part in posthumously, and the complete text did not appear until That is why this book and books like it are important to the student of military history, because they impart a little reality on the battle map and hopefully can help the reader in imagining movement on the battlefield beyond geometric shapes.
The work was never completed, but Du Picq had written many chapters completely and left sufficient notes behind to complete the book. All the resources accumulated in time of peace, all the training, and all the strategic calculations must have the goal of combat. Napoleon has said that in war the moral element is to all others as three is to one.
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This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat Spiller has rescued this unique inquiry from obscurity and caricature. Cohesion is no longer ensured by mutual observation. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Forgotten Books May 20, Language: Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant du Picq 19 October — 18 August was a French Army officer and military theorist of the mid-nineteenth century whose writings, as they were later interpreted by other theorists, had a great effect on French military theory and doctrine.
If he had been read and understood by the French military leaders, a lot of lives could have been saved and history might have gone differently in any of those three wars. English Choose a language for shopping. Spiller is the George C.
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His analyses stressed the vital importance, especially in contemporary warfare, of discipline and unit cohesion.
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While this is a misrepresentation of reality it may be unavoidable if battles are to be represented at all. Eschewing grand military theories and strategies, Ardant battl Picq draws on his real-world experience, especially during the Crimean War stuies the Siege of Sebastopol where he was captured, to examine what motivates a soldier to fight, what creates cohesion or disorder, what gives a commander tactical control, and what makes reason give way to instinct: Ships from and sold by Amazon.
This book is pretty uneven, with a first draft kind of feeling. A classic of military thought that merits a place alongside the works of Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, Battle Studies was first published in Paris ten years after the death of its author, French army officer Charles Ardant du Picq — I recommend it only for military historians and 19th century French historians.
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