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Many books have been written about strategy, tactics, and great commanders. This is the first book to deal exclusively with the nature of command itself, and to trace its development over two thousand years from ancient Greece to Vietnam. It treats historically the whole variety of problems involved in commanding armies, including staff organization and administration, communications methods and technologies, weaponry, and logistics. And it analyzes the relationship between these problems and military strategy.

In vivid descriptions of key battles and campaigns--among others, Napoleon at Jena, Moltke's Königgrätz campaign, the Arab-Israeli war of 1973, and the Americans in Vietnam--van Creveld focuses on the means of command and shows how those means worked in practice. He finds that technological advances such as the railroad, breech-loading rifles, the telegraph and later the radio, tanks, and helicopters all brought commanders not only new tactical possibilities but also new limitations.

Although vast changes have occurred in military thinking and technology, the one constant has been an endless search for certainty--certainty about the state and intentions of the enemy's forces; certainty about the manifold factors that together constitute the environment in which war is fought, from the weather and terrain to radioactivity and the presence of chemical warfare agents; and certainty about the state, intentions, and activities of one's own forces. The book concludes that progress in command has usually been achieved less by employing more advanced technologies than by finding ways to transcend the limitations of existing ones.

Synopsis:

Many books have been written about strategy, tactics, and great commanders. This is the first book to deal exclusively with the nature of command itself, and to trace its development over two thousand years from ancient Greece to Vietnam. It treats historically the whole variety of problems involved in commanding armies, including staff organization and administration, communications methods and technologies, weaponry, and logistics. And it analyzes the relationship between these problems and military strategy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: On Command

The Nature of Command

The Evolution of Command

The Study of Command

2. The Stone Age of Command

The Parameters of Strategy

The Nonevolution of Staffs

The Conduct of Battle

Conclusions: Mars Shackled

3. The Revolution in Strategy

"The God of War"

Inside Imperial Headquarters

1806: The Campaign

1806: The Battle

Conclusions: Mars Unshackled

4.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674144415
Author:
van Crevald, Martin L.
Author:
Creveld, Martin Van
Author:
van Creveld, Martin
Author:
Van Crevald, Martin L.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
War
Subject:
Command and control systems
Subject:
Command of troops
Subject:
Command of troops -- History.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
History : Military - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
January 1987
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 tables, 2 line illustrations, 4 maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Many books have been written about strategy, tactics, and great commanders. This is the first book to deal exclusively with the nature of command itself, and to trace its development over two thousand years from ancient Greece to Vietnam. It treats historically the whole variety of problems involved in commanding armies, including staff organization and administration, communications methods and technologies, weaponry, and logistics. And it analyzes the relationship between these problems and military strategy.
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