By Bruno Colson
This can be the publication on battle that Napoleon by no means had the time or the need to accomplish. In exile at the island of Saint-Helena, the deposed Emperor of the French mused a couple of nice treatise at the paintings of battle, yet finally replaced his brain and ordered the destruction of the fabrics he had amassed for the amount. hence was once misplaced what could were the most attention-grabbing and critical books at the artwork of battle ever written, via some of the most recognized and profitable army leaders of all time. within the centuries on account that, numerous makes an attempt were made to assemble jointly a few of Napoleon's 'military maxims', with various levels of good fortune. yet now not beforehand has there been a scientific try and positioned Napoleon's pondering on warfare and procedure right into a unmarried authoritative quantity, reflecting either the complete spectrum of his pondering on those issues in addition to the just about exceptional diversity of his army event, from heavy cavalry fees within the plains of Russia or Saxony tocounter-insurgency operations in Egypt or Spain. to collect the cloth for this publication, army historian Bruno Colson spent years discovering Napoleon's correspondence and different writings, together with a painstaking exam of maybe the only finest resource for his wondering struggle: the copy-book of normal Bertrand, the Emperor's such a lot relied on spouse on Saint-Helena, within which he unearthed a Napoleonic definition of process that is released the following for the 1st time. the massive quantity of fabric introduced jointly for this ground-breaking quantity has been conscientiously equipped to persist with the framework of Carl von Clausewitz's vintage On struggle, permitting a desirable comparability among Napoleon's principles and people of his nice Prussian interpreter and adversary, and highlighting the fascinating similarities among those founders of contemporary strategic pondering.
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