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art of warfare
on 18 October 2011
This is a book that delivers what it promises. It covers organization, technology and tactics of early 18th century warfare (a time when war was still somewhat artistic). The more casual reader will probably find this book a little boring with all the detailed information on exactly how many horsemen were in a squadron in the late 17th century French army, how that changed in the early 1710s and how this was subtly different from the Imperial army, just to name an example. On the other hand, probably most people who would even think of buying this book would get exactly what they expect. Chandler does not write extremely lively, but again you don't really expect that in a book of this nature.
I quite liked the sections on fortifications/sieges and on infantry musketry, however I would not have minded if the author would have better explained why exactly firing by platoon is more efficient than firing by line, for example, or if he had provided a bit more detail on how fortifications were actually stormed. Anyway, the section at the end summarizing all battles & sieges of this era is a real nice bonus. Overall, good marks.