On War

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2004 - History - 944 pages
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Carl von Clausewitz's On War has been called, "not simply the greatest, but the only truly great book on war." It is an extraordinary attempt to construct an all-embracing theory of how war works. Its coherence and ambition are unmatched by other military literature. On War is full of sharp observation, biting irony, and memorable phrases, the most famous being, "war is a continuation of politics by other means.
 

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My first full reading of Clausewitz (accepting that the Penguin volume does not include several books on early nineteenth-century military operations) impressed upon me the essence of philosophy and ... Read full review

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POINTS OF INTEREST The study of military history is the only means of supplying the place of actual experience, by giving a clear idea of that which we have termed the friction of the whole machine ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW EDITION
xv
INTRODUCTION
xxv
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
xxxi
NOTICE
xxxvii
BRIEF MEMOIR OF GENERAL CLAUSEWITZ
xliii
WHAT IS WAR?
1
END AND MEANS IN WAR
20
THE GENIUS FOR WAR
34
DEFENSIVE TO EACH OTHER IN STRATEGY
364
CONVERGENCE OF ATTACK AND DIVERGENCE OF DEFENCE
369
CHARACTER OF STRATEGIC DEFENSIVE
373
EXTENT OF THE MEANS OF DEFENCE
376
MUTUAL ACTION AND REACTION OF ATTACK AND DEFENCE
383
METHODS OF RESISTANCE
385
DEFENSIVE BATTLE
400
FORTRESSES
405

OF DANGER IN WAR
52
FRICTION IN WAR
58
ON THE THEORY OF
63
BRANCHES OF THE ART OF WAR
64
ON THE THEORY OF WAR
72
ART OR SCIENCE OF WAR
91
METHODICISM
94
CRITICISM
100
ON EXAMPLES
117
OF STRATEGY IN GENERAL
126
STRATEGY
127
ELEMENTS OF STRATEGY 1 35
135
MORAL FORCES
137
THE CHIEF MORAL POWERS
139
MILITARY VIRTUE OF AN ARMY
141
BOLDNESS
145
PERSEVERANCE
149
SUPERIORITY OF NUMBERS 1 5 1
151
THE SURPRISE 1 56
156
STRATAGEM
161
ASSEMBLY OF FORCES IN SPACE
164
ASSEMBLY OF FORCES IN TIME
165
STRATEGIC RESERVE 1 7 1
170
GEOMETRICAL ELEMENT 1 75
175
ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE ACT IN WARFARE
177
ON THE CHARACTER OF MODERN WAR
182
TENSION AND REST
184
THE COMBAT
187
INTRODUCTORY
188
CHARACTER OF THE MODERN BATTLE
189
THE COMBAT IN GENERAL
191
THE COMBAT IN GENERAL continued
195
ON THE SIGNIFICATION OF THE COMBAT
202
DURATION OF THE COMBAT
205
DECISION OF THE COMBAT
207
MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AS TO A BATTLE
214
EFFECTS OF VICTORY continued
223
THE USE OF BATTLE continued
229
STRATEGIC MEANS OF UTILISING VICTORY
235
RETREAT AFTER A LOST BATTLE
245
NIGHT FIGHTING
248
VOLUME II
253
MILITARY FORCES
254
GENERAL SCHEME
255
THEATRE OF WAR ARMY CAMPAIGN
256
RELATION OF POWER
259
RELATION OF THE THREE ARMS
262
ORDER OF BATTLE OF AN ARMY
272
GENERAL DISPOSITION OF AN ARMY
279
ADVANCE GUARD AND OUTPOSTS
285
MODE OF ACTION OF ADVANCED CORPS
293
CAMPS
298
MARCHES
301
MARCHES continued
308
MARCHES continued
312
CANTONMENTS
315
SUBSISTENCE
321
BASE OF OPERATIONS
337
LINES OF COMMUNICATION
342
ON COUNTRY AND GROUND
346
COMMAND OF GROUND
351
DEFENCE
355
OFFENCE AND DEFENCE
356
THE RELATIONS OF THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE TO EACH OTHER IN TACTICS
360
FORTRESSES continued
415
DEFENSIVE POSITION 42 I
421
STRONG POSITIONS AND ENTRENCHED CAMPS
427
FLANK POSITIONS
434
DEFENCE OF MOUNTAINS
437
DEFENCE OF MOUNTAINS continued
445
xvn DEFENCE OF MOUNTAINS continued
453
DEFENCE OF STREAMS AND RIVERS
459
DEFENCE OF STREAMS AND RIVERS continued
474
A DEFENCE OF SWAMPS
477
B INUNDATIONS
479
DEFENCE OF FORESTS
483
THE CORDON
485
KEY OF THE COUNTRY
489
OPERATING AGAINST A FLANK
493
RETREAT INTO THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY
504
ARMING THE NATION 5 1 7
519
DEFENCE OF A THEATRE OF WAR
524
DEFENCE OF A THEATRE OF WAR continued
529
RESISTANCE continued
543
DEFENCE OF A THEATRE OF WAR WHEN NO DECISION is SOUGHT FOR continued
546
VOLUME III
571
THE ATTACK
572
THE ATTACK IN RELATION TO THE DEFENCE
573
NATURE OF THE STRATEGICAL ATTACK
575
OF THE OBJECTS OF STRATEGICAL ATTACK
578
DECREASING FORCE OF THE ATTACK
580
CULMINATING POINT OF THE ATTACK 58 1
581
DESTRUCTION OF THE ENEMYS ARMIES
583
THE OFFENSIVE BATTLE
585
PASSAGE OF RIVERS
587
ATTACK OF DEFENSIVE POSITIONS
590
ATTACK OF AN ENTRENCHED CAMP
592
ATTACK OF A MOUNTAIN RANGE
594
ATTACK OF CORDON LINES
597
MANOEUVRING
598
ATTACK OF MORASSES INUNDATIONS WOODS
601
ATTACK OF A THEATRE OF WAR WITH THE VIEW TO A DECISION
603
ATTACK OF A THEATRE OF WAR WITHOUT THE VIEW TO A GREAT DECISION
607
ATTACK OF FORTRESSES 61 1
611
ATTACK OF CONVOYS
616
ATTACK ON THE ENEMYS ARMY IN ITS CANTONMENTS 6 1 9
619
DIVERSION
625
INVASION
628
PLAN OF
638
INTRODUCTION
639
ABSOLUTE AND REAL WAR
642
A INTERDEPENDENCE OF THE PARTS IN WAR
646
B OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE OBJECT OF THE WAR AND THE EFFORTS TO BE MADE
648
ENDS IN WAR MORE PRECISELY DEFINED
661
ON THE MILITARY OBJECT
672
LIMITED OBJECT OFFENSIVE WAR
682
PLAN OF WAR WHEN THE DESTRUCTION
690
APPENDIX
716
GENERAL PRINCIPLES TO BE OBSERVED IN WAR
722
STRATEGY
742
ON THE PRACTICE IN WAR OF THE PRINCIPLES
751
ON THE ORGANIC DIVISION OF ARMED FORCES
757
SKETCH OF A PLAN FOR TACTICS OR THE THEORY
763
ENDNOTES
833
INDEX
841
SUGGESTED READING
857
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