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Baron de Jomini, Summary of the Art of War, or a New Analytical Compend of the Principle Combinations of Strategy, of Grand Tactics and of Military Policy. (ed. Major O. F. Winship , Assistant Adjutant General , U. S. A., Lieut. E. E. McLean , 1st Infantry, U. S. A.), Chapter 6: logistics, or the practical art of moving armies. (search)
at Leipsic and Brienne. It is known also that it was information given by Seslawin to General Doctoroff, which prevented the latter from being overwhelmed at Borowsk by Napoleon who had just left Moscow with all his army to commence his retreat. He was not at first believed and it was necessary that Seslawin, piqued, should go and carry off an officer and some soldiers of the guard, in the midst of the French bivouacs, to confirm his report. This information which decided the march of Kutusoff upon Malo-Jaroslawitz, prevented Napoleon from taking the route of Kalouga, where he would have found more resources,where he would have avoided the disasters of Krasnoi and of the Beresina, which for the rest, would have diminished the catastrophe without preventing it entirely. Such examples however rare they may be suffice to give an idea of what can be expected from good partisans conducted by capable officers. To conclude I would sum up this article with the following truths:
The Archduke was called back to Germany; but he left General Kutusoff, with 27,000 men, in Zurich and its environs. Suwaroff, coming from Italy, was to join Kutusoff. Massena, being informed of the allies' plan, took the decision to pass to the offensive, to defeat Kutusoff before he could make his intended junction with Suwaroff. To effect this, he was obliged toe of 3000 men near Schwamendingen. The headquarters of Kutusoff were in Zurich. Two corps, composed of 5600 men, underosity, and had succeeded in driving him toward Zurich. Kutusoff, thinking this was the main attack, called the 3000 reserena had arrived at the gates of Zurich, and even summoned Kutusoff to surrender, that the latter felt all the danger of his ored to reach Zurich, and only arrived at a junction with Kutusoff by making a great circuit. The next day, Kutusoff trieKutusoff tried to open himself a passage in the direction of Winterthur; in this attempt he lost a great part of his army. Passage of
H. Wager Halleck , A. M. , Lieut. of Engineers, U. S. Army ., Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactis of Battles &c., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers. Adapted to the Use of Volunteers and Militia., Chapter 3: Fortifications.Their importance in the defence of States proved by numerous historical examples (search)
uted at Jena would have rallied there and been joined by the Russians. If Madrid had been strongly fortified in 1808, the French army, after the victories of Espinosa, Tudela, Burgos, and Sommo-Sierra, would not have marched towards that capital, leaving in rear of Salamanca and Valladolid, both the English army of General Moore and the Spanish army of Romana. If Moscow had been fortified in 1812, its conflagration would have been avoided, for, with strong defensive works, and the army of Kutusoff encamped on its ramparts, its capture would have been impossible. Had not Constantinople been well fortified, the empire of Constantine must have terminated in the year 700, whereas the standard of the Prophet was not planted there until 1440. This capital was therefore indebted to its walls for eight hundred years of existence. During this period it was besieged fifty-three times, but only one of these sieges was successful. The French and Venetians took it, but not without a very se
urn to headquarters. He found an assembly of general officers a waiting his return. "They afforded him proof that Kutusoff, in answer to a proposition made by Lauriston on behalf of Napoleon, had agreed to meet him this same night at a stationthe British and allied interests.' adding' the resolve of the chiels, which would be sustained by the army, not to allow Kutusoff to return and resume the command If once he quitted it for this midnight interview in the enemy's camp.' They declared tossess the Marshal of his authority if he should incredibly persevere. "--Wilson, 183. He then goes on to say that Kutusoff admitted, in a private interview, that he knew the propositions were of a pacific character, that could not persuade himty miles from Moscow. No man in the world but Rostopchin dreamed of burning Moscow — not even the Emperor Alexander, or Kutusoff, or Sir Robert Wilson. The 630,000 men that the Magazine talks about never existed. The 250,000 men it talks about as b
en Years War," "whose faculties were frozen by age," "who had been buried for the last ten years in a lethargic sleep." In 1807 the French were opposed by Kamenski, then eighty; Berringser, sixty, and Buxhowden, also of advanced age.--The allies at last began to profit by their painful experience. In 1809 the Austrian army was led by the youthful Archduke Charles, and although thwarted by the projects of the old Generals of the Aulic council, wiped off much of its former disgrace. In 1812 Kutusoff was seconded by younger Generals: Barclay-de-Tolley and Miloradowick, forty-nine; Wintzengirode, forty-three; Schowralof, thirty five, and the Archduke Constantine, thirty-three--Generals who in the two succeeding campaigns rolled back the waves of French conquest. The Austrians were led by youthful Generals with the exception of Blucher, one of those men whose martial energies the fires of time do not chill. In the campaign of 1815 Napoleon was opposed by Wellington and Gneisenoer, the f