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Emil Schalk, A. O., The Art of War written expressly for and dedicated to the U.S. Volunteer Army., Example of a battle of the offensive defense: battle of Austerlitz, December 2, 1805. (search)
e as examples. To show the danger of surrounding, we have but to remember the results of the battles of Austerlitz and Rivoli, gained by Napoleon; that of Stockach, by the Archduke Charles; and that of Salamanca, gained by Wellington. The plan s main force in the free space left between the right and left wings, which were defeated separately. At the battle of Rivoli, the Austrian general, Alvinzi, had formed four columns, which were to surround and attack on all sides the small army of Napoleon disposed on the plateau of Rivoli. Napoleon left two of those columns no time to form; he defeated them before they could deploy in order of battle; the main column of Alvinzi was defeated in its turn by Napoleon's entire force; and the fohe defeat of the main body, obliged to surrender. At Stockach, Jordan, commanding the French army, imitated Alvinzi at Rivoli, and attacked the Archduke Charles in a similar way; Jordan was entirely defeated. In the attack of intrenched camps,