Gustavus Adolphus

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Gustavus Adolphus (1594–1632), King of Sweden, has been rightfully hailed as the father of modern warfare and as the most outstanding commander of the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). Forming the first national conscript army in modern Europe, he emphasized officer education, strict discipline, rigorous training, and the combination of firepower and mobility, until he had forged a formidable fighting force that stands unrivaled between Caesar's legions and Napoleon's Grande Armée. In 1630 Gustavus rescued the ...

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Gustavus Adolphus (1594–1632), King of Sweden, has been rightfully hailed as the father of modern warfare and as the most outstanding commander of the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). Forming the first national conscript army in modern Europe, he emphasized officer education, strict discipline, rigorous training, and the combination of firepower and mobility, until he had forged a formidable fighting force that stands unrivaled between Caesar's legions and Napoleon's Grande Armée. In 1630 Gustavus rescued the beleaguered Protestant cause in Germany from the Catholic League of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II militarily, led by the era's two other great captains, Tilly and Wallenstein. Gustavus triumphed against them (twice defeating Tilly) in battles that are tactical masterpieces, but he was killed while leading a cavalry charge at Lutzen.Illustrated with nearly 250 drawings and maps, Dodge's brilliant work (1895) not only examines the life, battles, and military innovations of Gustavus Adolphus but continues beyond the end of the Thirty Years' War to 1712, discussing his influence upon the great captains who followed—Turenne, Condé, Eugene, and Marlborough. The result is a clear, comprehensive study of a neglected but crucial period in the annals of warfare.

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First published in 1895 by Houghton Mifflin, Dodge's work examines the life, battles, and military innovations of Adolphus and includes over 200 drawings and maps. The book continues beyond the end of the Thirty Years' War to 1712, discussing Adolphus' influence on the great captains who followed: Turenne, Conde, Eugene and Marlborough. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780306808630
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/1998
  • Edition description: 1 DA CAPO
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 1.72 (d)

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    A Thorough Military Historian

    Dodge presented detailed accounts regarding the campaigns and battles of some of the "great captains". This is not his best (I'd give that to his books on Hannibal or Alexander), but it's very useful if you're interested in the art of war in the Seventeenth Century. He is an unabashed Protestant admirer of Gustav Adolph, so it's not meant to be a critical biography, and deals almost exclusively with his military career, which one must was admit was spectacular.
    BTW, this is not the complete book, it is only the second volume of two. The first is also available from the same imprint, but appears exactly the same right down to the title. They are distinguished only by ISBN number and number of pages. Both are reprints of older editions, so the text and illustrations are not crisp, but the excellent maps are retained.

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