The Art of War [Baron Antoine-Henri De Jomini] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Antoine-Henri Jomini was the most celebrated writer on the Napoleonic art of war. Jomini was This is a ~15 page “summary” of the book. Jomini and his Summary of the art of war;. Main Author: Jomini, Antoine Henri, baron de, Related Subjects: Military art and science. Physical. The translators of Jomini’s Summary of the Principles of the Art of War have . Jomini’s Art of War offered a simple, practical guidebook for using troops in.

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At the end of the Seven Years War, some good works appeared; Frederick himself, not content with being a great king, a great captain, a great philosopher and great historian, made himself also a didactic author by his instructions to his generals. That was his last active service. And if a committee were assembled under the presidency of the Summarry Duke Charles or Wellington, composed of all the strategic and tactical notabilities of the age, together with the most skillful generals of engineers and artillery, this committee could not yet succeed in making a perfect, absolute and immutable theory on all the branches of war, especially on tactics!

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Jomini was thus engaged when the retreat from Moscow and the uprising of Prussia transferred the seat of war to central Germany. Doubtless a didactic treatise would have been preferable, either for a public course, or for retracing with more ensemble the combinations of the science somewhat scattered in the narration of those campaigns; but, as for myself, I confess I have profited much more from the attentive reading of a discussed campaign, than from all the dogmatic works put together; and my book, published inwas designed for officers of a superior grade, and not for schoolboys.

For example, the Napoleonic system that depended primarily on the soldiers’ legs was impracticable in vast countries like Russia, where logistics were lacking.

His operational prescription was fundamentally simple: Jomini took the view that the amount of force deployed should be kept to the minimum in order to lower casualties and that war was not an exact science.


adt To the end of causing its object to be better appreciated, I believe it my duty to precede it by a few lines upon the present state of the theory of war. However, as those of our epoch have also contributed to the progress of the science, in seeking to agt causes of success, I shall be permitted to say a few words on them. Tranchant Laverne has done so with spirit and sagacity, but incompletely. Jomini’s military writings are frequently analyzed: Neither Clausewitz not Jomini were given many responsibilities by the Russians, but they were both in a position to observe key battles.

In the third rank we shall place the histories of Toulongeon and of Servan.

After this long list of modern writers, it will be judged that Marshal de Saxe, if he were to return among us, would be much surprised at the present wealth of our military literature, and would no longer complain of the darkness which shrouds the science. There is nothing perfect under the sun!!! Those who would deny this truth would not be candid. Many of his statements are still correct; for example, that the French army’s use of large offensive infantry columns during the Waterloo battle cost to it the victory, or that there must be a supreme commander of all the artillery coordinating all the units and subunits o an army in order to concentrate fire more effectively.

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Some essays have been attempted towards a history of the art, from the ancients down to our time. Once he left Napoleon’s service, he maintained himself and his reputation primarily jominl prose. Clausewitz, however, completely ignored the sea factor. Clausewitz sees this as a much less linear relationship. I do not speak of the political and military life of Napoleon recounted by himself because it has been said that I was the author of it; with regard to those of Norvins and of Tibaudeau, they are not military.

Somehow, though, I believe that Jomini’s statements on the morale of an army as a key factor for victory is still extremely relevant. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. summarj

Share it twitter facebook. The remaining notes are from the original. The defense of Ney almost cost Jomini his position in the Russian service. It must be observed, in Jomini’s defense, that he had for years held a dormant commission in the Russian army and that he had declined to take part in the invasion of Russia in In Russia, General Okounief treated of the important article of the combined or partial employment of the three arms, which makes the basis of the theory of combats, and rendered thereby a real service to young officers.

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In the Spanish campaign of his advice was often of the highest value to the marshal, but Jomini quarrelled with his chief, and he was left almost at the mercy of his numerous enemies, especially Louis Alexandre Berthierthe emperor’s chief of staff. Turpin commented on Montecuculi and Vegetius; the Marquis de Silva in Piedmont, Santa Cruz in Spain, had also discussed some parts with success; finally d’Escremeville sketched a history of the art, which was not devoid of merit.

Jomini fought with Ney at the Battle of Ulm and in December of that year, he was offered a commission as a colonel in the French Army.

Clausewitz did it too, but not for personal gain — he felt that his king had betrayed Prussia by capitulating, and wanted to fight on. If such books have been able to contribute to the propagation of this error, it must be owned however that they contributed also to perfecting the regulations of on manoeuvres, the only result which it was possible to expect from them.

Inhe settled in Brusselswhich served as his main place of residence for the next thirty years. Cario Nisas, too verbose with regard to the ancients, mediocre for the epoch from the revival to that of the Seven Years War, has completely failed on the modern system. Maybe they have a place after the decisive events. He was busily employed up to the end of his life in writing treatises, pamphlets and open letters on subjects of military art and history.

For Jomini, Clausewitz’s death thirty-eight years prior to his own came as a piece of rare good fortune.