Battle Studies

Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant Du Picq


Battle Studies

Battle Studies

  • Title: Battle Studies
  • Author: Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant Du Picq
  • ISBN: 9780554317168
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover



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This is a short book by a French officer in the mid-19th century about how battle should best be understood. Du Picq argues that any tactic or maneuver on the battlefield should be evaluated primarily for its moral effect. He says that soldiers on the battlefield seek victory, not necessarily combat. They will seek victory and usually avoid pitched combat. Discipline and unity can hold them together for a while, but they will struggle against the tendency in human nature for self-preservation. C [...]

Parts of this military analysis were fascinating, but other parts were off the mark. Du Picq, a French officer who later died during the Franco-Prussian war, made excellent points about the effects of morale on combat, but dismissed the then-recent American Civil War as not really teaching any lessons, even though several of the battles there supported his point.Unlike most of his counterparts during that ill-fated war, Du Picq did not view the traditional French forms of warfare as innately sup [...]

French: 1880 Hachette & Dumaine editionEnglish: 1921 Greely & Cotton translation of Hachette & DumaineIf you've never read it yourself, you probably have the wrong impression about du Picq. Does this sound like a guy who's advocating l'offensive à outrance?"Battle is the final objective of armies and man is the fundamental instrument of battle. Nothing can wisely be prescribed in an army--its personnel, organization, discipline and tactics, things which are connected like the finger [...]

This eye-opening book about the nature of combat was just amazing. It is short, sweet, and fascinating throughout. Traditional studies of battles often suffer from being too schematic in their portrayal of combat. The reader is given battle maps with rigid formations moving in predictable fashions. While this is a misrepresentation of reality it may be unavoidable if battles are to be represented at all. That is why this book and books like it are important to the student of military history, be [...]

Battle Studies by Ardant Du Picq is a work that deserves more recognition in the military community, particularly for those seeking a culture change in their particular branch of service. Ardant recognized the French army's operational deficiencies and intellectual bankruptcy. He sought to illustrate those shortfalls in this work and readers are left to wonder what impact he would have had on French military thought in the run up to World War I if he had survived Sedan.

This book is a historical watershed - the first to look at the behavior of men in combat as an emotional response rather than as a mechanical set of tactics or of just technology. Uses examples from ancient times to the 19th century, when it was written.

Shows the forethought of one great thinker. What would WWI look like had the French heard du Picq's message instead of using his writings as the basis of the offensive school - a school that contributed to enormous casualties of the First World War.

This is a handbook to understand how people react to situations, how they cope with danger, and when and how they follow leaders.


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