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eneral 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. Offensive battles. We are conducted to such battles if Austerlitz of the second case. Offensive battles. 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 battle two things may occur:-- 1st. That the enemy awaits us in a chosen position. 2d. That we meet him unexpectedly on the march. In the second case the general dispositions are the same as in the first, with the exception