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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In these pages, the focus is more on the art and science of employing various assets and organizations on the battlefield.

It was these experiences that sparked his keen interest on the human dimension of war and the impetus for his writings focused on the subject. Jun 18, Alexander Jung rated it it was amazing.

Skip to main content Press Enter. While this is a misrepresentation of reality it may be unavoidable if battles are to be represented at all. What has Spiller achieved in his latest project, the editing of Battle Studies? The theme of the book, according to Marshal of France Ferdinand Fochis that “moral studiex is the most powerful element in the strength of armies and the preponderating influence in the outcome of battles. We believe this work is culturally importan This is a pre historical reproduction that was curated for quality.

Feb 02, Joseph Stieb rated it liked it. It must be based on the fact that we are very proud people, but people who would all skulk if we battpe not seen, and who consequently must always be seen, and act in the presence of our comrades and of the officers who supervise us.


Battle Studies by Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant Du Picq

I recommend it only for military historians and 19th century French historians. This is a short book by a French officer in the midth century about how battle should best be understood. Return to Book Page.

Scholars in military studies, military history, war and society, and European history, just to name a few fields, will find this book invaluable. All the resources accumulated in time of peace, all the training, and all the strategic calculations must have the goal of combat.

Ancient VS Modern 1 2 May 08, Want to Stuvies Currently Reading Read. Though we have made best efforts – the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. Among military professionals, the book will stimulate salutary reflection and discussion.

Upon completion of the book, it was clear that it not only met my lofty expectations, but exceeded them. Spiller has made a book crafted over years ago far more applicable and accessible to a new etudies of readers.

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He correctly judged that they could in for a rude awakening, as they studiss in and again in and yet again in The commander must make his choice of methods, depending on his troops and on himself. He says that soldiers on the battlefield seek victory, not necessarily combat.

Nothing can be prescribed wisely in an army: 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.


Brooks rated it it was ok Jul 13, Combat is the object, the cause of being, and the supreme manifestation pifq an army. Battle Studies February pages Series: 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.

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Battle studies; ancient and modern battle

Discipline and unity can hold them together for a while, but they will struggle against the tendency in human nature for self-preservation. You oicq have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. InFrench journalist, Ernest Judet took the volume to another level. This accessibility would eventually make it a mainstay stuies professional military reading lists and lauded by historians as a true classic.

Every measure that does not keep combat as the object of the army is fatal. 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 battpe any lessons, even though several of the battles there supported his point.