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- Description<i> The soldier is unkwn often to his closest companions. He loses them in the disorienting smoke and confusion of a battle which he is fighting, so to speak, on his own. </i> Although t much is kwn of his life, Colonel Ardant du Picq (1821 - 1870) 's small corpus of writings has earned him a place in the ranks of great military theorists. His <i>Etudes sur les combat: Combat antique et moderne</i>, often referred to by its common English title <b>Battle Studies</b>, was published in part in 1880 posthumously, and the complete text did t appear until 1902. Du Picq was the first military scientist to write extensively on the psychological aspect of war. He died prematurely in the early stages of the Franco-Prussian War but his unfinished text exerted a huge influence on future leaders, including French World War I lion Marshal Foch. From Du Picq's work Foch took that 'moral force' is the most important element in the strength of armies and the biggest influence on the outcome of battles. Du Picq's attempt to delineate empirical truths about warfare by a close analysis of battles was a sensation at the dawn of the 20th Century and continues to be read by military strategists and political philosophers today.
- Author Biography<b>Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant du Picq</b> (19 October 1821-18 August 1870) was a French Army officer and military theorist of the mid-nineteenth century whose writings, as they were later interpreted by other theorists, had a great effect on French military theory and doctrine.
- Author(s)Ardant Du Picq
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication27/03/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectMilitary History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight163 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine6 mm
- Translated byJohn Nesmith Greely,Robert Christie Cotton
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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