he required positions.
In the first case, only defeat, in the second, total destruction, may be the consequence.
The first, where the decision takes place, will be in our own lines; in the second, it will be in advance of them.
The general battle arrangements and orders of battle, as wall as many other considerations, will be the same as those of offensive battles; they will, therefore, be treated in the next chapter.
I will give two examples — the plans of the battles of Austerlitz and Talavera — for the better understanding of battles of the offensive defense.
The battle of Talavera is an illustration of the first, and that of Austerlitz of the second case.
We are conducted to such battles if the nature of the war is aggressive; or if the enemy opposes the attainment of our strategical object; or if we are forced by the manoeuvres of the enemy; and, finally, if by a wrong movement he exposes his army, or parts of it, to certain defeat.
In an offensive