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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 3: strategy. (search)
lt. 3. Places which unite the greatest advantages, either for their own defense, or favoring the operations of the active armies, are, incontestibly those which are found so placed on great rivers as to command both banks; Mayence, Coblentz, Strasbourg, comprehending Kehl, are true models of this kind. This truth admitted, it must be acknowledged also, that places established at the confluence of two great rivers have the advantage of commanding three different fronts of operations, which they are much preferable to the small, especially when the aid of the citizens can yet be counted upon to second the garrison: Metz arrested all the power of Charles V.; Lisle suspended for a whole year the operations of Eugene and Marlborough; Strasbourg was many times the bulwark of the French armies. In the late wars those places were passed by because all the masses of Europe precipitated themselves in arms upon France; but could an army of one hundred and fifty thousand Germans, which shou