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n developed in Article 18 in favor of lines salient and perpendicular to the base of the enemy.
2. To choose between the three zones which a strategic field (échiquier strategique), that one upon which we can direct the most fatal blows at the enemy, and where we ourselves run the least risks.
3. To establish and direct properly our lines of operations by adopting, for the defensive; the concentric examples given by the Arch-Duke Charles in 1796, and by Napoleon in 1814; or that of Marshal Soult in 1814, for retreats parallel to the frontiers.
In the offensive, on the contrary, we shall have to follow the system which assured the success of Napoleon in 1800, 1805 and 1806, by the direction given to his forces upon an extremity of the strategical front of the enemy, or else that of the direction upon the centre, which succeeded so well with him in 1796, 1809 and 1814.
The whole according to the respective positions of the armies, and according to the divers maxims given in Ar