Treatise on Partisan Warfare

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This translation of Johann Ewald's classic essay, Abhandlung Uber den kleinen Krieg, published in 1785, describes light infantry tactics in an era of heavy infantry formations. Robert Selig and David Skaggs comment on Ewald's treatise on partisan warfare and its relevance to current military doctrine. They also provide extensive scholarly notations with the text, explaining people, places, and events during the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution, where Ewald had extensive experience as a company ...

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Overview

This translation of Johann Ewald's classic essay, Abhandlung Uber den kleinen Krieg, published in 1785, describes light infantry tactics in an era of heavy infantry formations. Robert Selig and David Skaggs comment on Ewald's treatise on partisan warfare and its relevance to current military doctrine. They also provide extensive scholarly notations with the text, explaining people, places, and events during the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution, where Ewald had extensive experience as a company commander in the Hessian Field Jaeger Corps. This first English translation should be of real interest to historians of American Revolution and pre-Napoleonic warfare and of special use to military professionals today in the Army and Marine Corps.

Captain Ewald, eventually a Major General in the Danish Army, describes the recruiting and training of light infantry troops, and discusses their use both in the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution at length. He provides illuminating insights into light infantry tactics and doctrine.

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Meet the Author

ROBERT A. SELIG is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Hope College.

DAVID CURTIS SKAGGS is Professor of Military History and Strategy at the Air War College.

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Table of Contents

Preface

A Note on the Translation

Introductory Essay

Treatise on Partisan Warfare: Preface

On the Recruitment and Discipline of a Light Corps Composed of Infantry and Cavalry

Of the Strength and Arms of a Light Corps

Of the Drill of the Infantry and the Cavalry

How Such a Corps or Detachment, Composed of Cavalry and Infantry, Ought to Act Upon a March and When It Meets the Enemy

Of the Selection of an Outpost, and How the Leader of a Light Corps or a Detachment, Composed of Infantry and Cavalry, Has to Conduct Himself in This Case

What the Leader of a Corps or a Detachment, Composed of Cavalry and Infantry, Has to Do When He Needs to Occupy and Defend a Fortified Town

On the Rules to Be Observed in Reconnaissance

On Raids in an Open Terrain and Against Walled Towns

How the Commanding Officer of a Corps or a Detachment, Composed of Cavalry and Infantry, Who Holds the Advance Post of an Army Has to Act if the Enemy Retreats

On Ambushes

On Retreats

Appendix on the Three Most Important Tasks That an Officer of Light Cavalry Has to Perform in the Field

Select Bibliography

Index

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