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The Art of War of Revolutionary France, 1789-1802 Hardcover – 1 Jun 1998
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About the Author
Paddy Griffith was a senior lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for sixteen years, and is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of warfare including Battle Tactics of the Western Front, 1916-18 and The Viking Art of War.
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While broad in scope, it is Chapters 6 (Army and Staff Organisation), 7 (Operations) and 8 (Battles) that interested me the most. Chapter 6's discussion of army organisation is unique, showing just how close to pre-Frederickian concepts Napoleon's 'Battalion Carre' was, and the strange (to the modern reader) ideas of army organisation that were in play, culminating in the formalisation of the modern Brigade-Division-Corps-Army hierarchy we know today.
Chapter 7 shows just how 'modern' the operational art of the day was. Meanwhile chapter 8 gives an excellent overview of how the French actually conducted their battles.
With additional chapters on the Generals, Specialist Army, the Navy, Irregular Warfare and several on the relationship of the French government to war and the army, this book is not to be missed by anyone wishing to understand the period.
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there is truth in his claim that the army of italy were big looters. Napoleon's war in Italy was totaly self financed
even I have to admit by massive looting, which had just gone out style 100 years back, before the age of reason most militaries did lot of looting during the campaign. All in all this book is a must read.