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By Michael Howard

Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) is taken into account by way of many to were one of many maximum writers on battle. His examine On battle used to be defined through the yankee strategic philosopher Bernard Brodie as "not easily the best, however the in simple terms nice ebook approximately war." it really is demanding to disagree. even supposing he wrote his simply significant paintings at a time while the diversity of firearms was once fifty yards, a lot of what he needed to say continues to be suitable this day. Michael Howard explains Clausewitz's rules in phrases either one of his studies as a qualified soldier within the Napoleonic Wars, and of the highbrow heritage of his time.

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P. 593; emphasis added) 19 Clausewitz in his time this did not greatly matter, but no one in his senses could believe that Napoleonic warfare, Clausewitz discerned, was thus more likely than not to be the model for the future, and armies unready to fight it would once again be destroyed as completely as the Austrians had been at Austerlitz and the Prussians at Jena. And if a political transformation was needed to make successful participation in such a war possible, this was a price that any self-respecting people, he indicated, must be prepared to pay.

40 If the enemy is thrown off balance, he must not be given time to recover. Blow after blow must be struck in the same direction; the victor, in other words, must strike with all his strength, and not just against a fraction of the enemy’s. Not by taking things the easy way – using superior strength to filch some province, preferring the security of the minor conquest to a major success – but by constantly seeking out his centre of power, by daring all to win all, will one really defeat the enemy.

593; emphasis added) 19 Clausewitz in his time this did not greatly matter, but no one in his senses could believe that Napoleonic warfare, Clausewitz discerned, was thus more likely than not to be the model for the future, and armies unready to fight it would once again be destroyed as completely as the Austrians had been at Austerlitz and the Prussians at Jena. And if a political transformation was needed to make successful participation in such a war possible, this was a price that any self-respecting people, he indicated, must be prepared to pay.

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