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A classic of military thought that merits a place alongside the works of Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, Battle Studies was first published in Paris ten years after the death of its author, French army officer Charles Ardant du Picq — Eschewing grand military theories and strategies, Ardant du Picq draws on his real-world experience, especially during the Crimean War and the Siege of Sebastopol where he was captured, to examine what motivates a soldier to fight, what creates cohesion or disorder, what gives a commander tactical control, and what makes reason give way to instinct: Among military professionals, the book will stimulate salutary reflection and discussion.
Spiller has made a book crafted over years ago far more applicable and accessible to a new generation of readers.
Battle Studies is as influential and impactful today as when first written. Spiller has taken this powerful volume and provided incredible xu and perspective through his diligence and expertise.
What mattered to him were the combatants—their moral strength, their sufferings, their fears, and their courage. Surprisingly modern, this path-breaking book will captivate all readers interested in the human experience of combat.
His focus was no less unique: Decorated for valor in the Crimean War, killed in d Franco-Prussian War, he never lived to see its eclipse. His posthumous Battle Studies is a classic for two reasons: Spiller has rescued this unique inquiry from obscurity and caricature.
Ardant du Picq never said the studjes so often attributed to him—that troops must attack under all circumstances, that morale trumps firepower—rather he groped for the right mix of tactics and attitudes to move all arms forward in the face of withering fire.
Battle Studies by Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant Du Picq
Scholars in military studies, military history, war and society, and European history, just to name a few fields, will find this book invaluable. Marshall can rival his explanation of the dynamics of combat and their stusies on human beings.
Spiller is the George C. He is the author of An Instinct for War: Scenes from the Battlefields of History. Smith, author of The Embattled Self: Doughty, author of Pyrrhic Victory: About the Author Roger J.