By the fifteenth century the Swiss method of warfare, in which disciplined foot soldiers fought in tightly formed units, was being imitated The Germans and Spanish took notice when in 1479 Archduke Maximilian and his victorious Flemish infantrymen used their long pikes to prevent the mounted French knights from charging The era of modern warmaking was at hand In this last volume of his classic history of the art of war, Hans Delbrck considers new developments the use of gunpowder, the invention of firearms, and the employment of noisy large cannon that shot stone and, later, iron balls After reviewing the establishment of a European infantry, Delbrck discusses the transformation of loose confederations of knights into cavalry well developed by the last Huguenot wars , the organization of fighting mercenaries followed by wives and prostitutes , and the changing of mercenary bands into standing armies.The Dawn of Modern Warfare is colored by larger than life personalities Niccolo Machiavelli, the theoretician of the new art of war Maurice of Orange, renovator of the art of drill and father of military discipline Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, perfecter of infantry tactics Oliver Cromwell of England, reorganizer of a citizen militia into a professional army and Frederick the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, military strategists par excellence....
|Title||:||History of the Art of War, Vol. 4: The Dawn of Modern Warfare|
|Publisher||:||University of Nebraska Press December 1, 1990|
|Number of Pages||:||488 pages|
|File Size||:||968 KB|
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History of the Art of War, Vol. 4: The Dawn of Modern Warfare Reviews
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Dr Delbruck has offered a valuable assessment of warfare in the modern age from the Renaissance period to Napoleonic warfare. This is the fourth of I believe a set of seven books published under the title 'History of the Art of War', the first four of which were written by Dr Delbruck and have been translated into English by Walter J Renfroe Jr.
My son had requested this for Christmas. He was pleased!
Delbruck's conclusion, though weak, is excellent. No one has ever done a better analysis of Renaissance warfare. On the other hand, though, his treatment of the Thirty Years War was appalling. Had he gone back to the basics and dealt with this war in the same manner he did the Punic Wars in Volume One, this could have been the best volume. Additionally, he failed to do any real analysis of the Napoleonic wars. No contemporary history of early modern warfare would completely ignore the Peninsular Wars.
Delbruk, as a one time tutor to Kaiser Frederick's youngest son, had a unique opportunity to observe the high water mark of Prussian military achievement and also to witness its collapse in World War I. He published this last volume of his masterwork in 1919, but he ended his study of "modern" war with the wars of Napoleon and the scholarship of Clausewitz. "What followed," he wrote, "included in the phenomenal rise of Prussia and its final collapse will have to be undertaken later by others." Perhaps it was too painful, or perhaps he realized that he was too close to the events to be able to give an unbiased analysis. Whatever the reason, had he undertaken to write he would surely have made a valuable contribution to the military scholarship of World War I.
For the serious historian.