Frederick the Great on the Art of War

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Frederick the Great (1712–1786), King of Prussia, initiated the Seven Years' War in 1756; outfought the formidable French, Russian, and Austrian armies aligned against him; and established Prussia as a major power, thereby decisively influencing the next two centuries of European history. He was also a brilliant military thinker whose observations arose from extensive battlefield experience.This volume presents a balanced selection from Frederick's writings on strategy, tactics, and mobility; the problems of ...

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Overview

Frederick the Great (1712–1786), King of Prussia, initiated the Seven Years' War in 1756; outfought the formidable French, Russian, and Austrian armies aligned against him; and established Prussia as a major power, thereby decisively influencing the next two centuries of European history. He was also a brilliant military thinker whose observations arose from extensive battlefield experience.This volume presents a balanced selection from Frederick's writings on strategy, tactics, and mobility; the problems of logistics and a two-front war; the combined use of infantry, cavalry, and artillery; the history of the Prussian army; the critical battles of the Seven Years' War; generalship as an art; and much more. A majority of this material is translated here for the first time in English and available nowhere else. The result is an invaluable glimpse into the inner thoughts of a military genius.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306809088
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 DA CAPO
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Luvaas, editor and translator for this volume, is professor of military history at the U.S. Army War College. He has edited The Civil War in the Writings of Col. G.F.R. Henderson (also available from Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group) as well as Napoleon on the Art of War.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
I Frederick and the Art of War 1
II The Sovereign and the Study of War 35
III The Military Instrument 57
IV The Army on Campaign 101
V The Anatomy of Battle 139
VI First Lessons in Tactics 170
VII From the Pages of History 213
VIII The New War of Positions 263
IX Strategy 306
X Generalship as an Art 339
Appendix I Glossary of Some Eighteenth-Century Military Terms 363
Appendix II Pertinent Dates in the Life of Frederick the Great 371
Selected Bibliography 375
Index 379
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Good book on 'Old Fritz'`

    This book is a excellent book describing the life and times of Prussia's greatest king Frederick. The book tell us in the King's own words how to use the 'Cold Steel' tactic right up to 'Attack in Echeleon'. I had a hard time putting this book down. This book is ideal for any Armed Forces man who loves army tactics, and just under $20.00 old Uncle Scrooge would get a copy for himself too.. Happy reading and see you at the Silesia Front with old Frederick...!!!

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