Battle Studies: Ancient and Modern Battle (Classic Reprint) [Ardant Du Picq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. By Frank H. Simonds Author . Editorial Reviews. Review. “Few military thinkers have been able to grasp the reality of battle like Colonel Charles Ardant du Picq. What mattered to him were the. 4 Nov Battle studies; ancient and modern battle. by Ardant du Picq, Charles Jean Jacques Joseph, ; Greely, John Nesmith, Tr;.
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These include the utilization of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and the application of battle command and fire and maneuver in combat.
Retrieved from ” https: About the Author Roger J. While this is a misrepresentation of reality it may be unavoidable if battles batfle to be represented at all.
Unlike most of his counterparts during that ill-fated war, Du Picq did not view the traditional French forms of warfare as innately superior, or even suited to modern needs.
So what is Battle Studies?
The reader is given battle maps with rigid formations moving in predictable fashions. Fred rated it really liked it Nov 07, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Every measure that does not keep combat as the object of the army is fatal.
Battle Studies by Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant Du Picq
Javier Gamez rated it really liked it Oct 16, The process that saw his interests become a book is both lengthy and intriguing. Decorated for valor in the Crimean War, killed in the Franco-Prussian War, he never lived to see its eclipse. Brooks rated it it was ok Jul 13, Commanders who treat soldiers merely as numbers or units will find their plans falling apart because of various human factors. Com rated it really liked it Jun 16, He correctly judged that they could in for a rude awakening, as they were in and again in and yet again in You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.
Ancient VS Modern 1 2 May 08, I recommend it only for military historians and 19th century French historians.
Eschewing grand military theories and strategies, Ardant du Picq draws on his real-world experience, stdies during the Crimean War and the Siege of Sebastopol where he was captured, baattle 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: Malachy Flisk rated it liked it Nov 06, Feb 21, Kyle rated it it was amazing Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This is a pre historical reproduction that was curated for quality. At that time, U. Book Review written by: Lists with This Book. Discipline and unity can hold them together for a while, but they will struggle against the tendency in human nature for self-preservation.
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Battle studies; ancient and modern battle
In general form, he states:. Tom Henry rated it liked it Jun 20, Lynn Wheeler rated it liked it Mar 20, Battle Studies by Ardant Du Picq is a work that deserves more recognition in the military community, particularly for those seeking a culture change in their particular branch of service.
Baillergeon, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Jun 18, Alexander Jung rated it it was amazing.
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They will seek victory and usually avoid pitched combat. He has accomplished this primarily in two ways. This readership would climb greatly in the following years. The commander must make his choice shudies methods, depending on his troops and on himself.
Oct 14, Oldcat rated it it was amazing. Du Picq, a French officer who later died during the Franco-Prussian war, made excellent points about the effects of morale on combat, but dismissed the then-recent American Civil War as not really teaching any lessons, even though several of the battles there supported his point. Dennis rated it really liked it Sep 06, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
This book consists of several essays and fragments written by Du Picq which were not collected and published in this form until srudies his death. His posthumous Battle Studies is a classic for two reasons: It follows that we above all need a method of combat, sanely thought out in advance.
The Face of Battle dj John Keegan is another excellent book which could be read in conjunction with this one.