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How to Win on the Battlefield


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Introduction; 1 The Attack at the Centre of Gravity ; 2 Counter-Attack; 3 Surprise Attack and Ambush; 4 Envelopment and Double-Envelopment; 5 Flanking; 6 Dominating the Terrain and Using the Environment; 7 Echelon Attack; 8 Committing the Reserve; 9 Blitzkrieg; 10 Concentration of Firepower; 11 Shock Action; 12 Co-ordination of Fire and Movement; 13 Concentration and Culmination of Force; 14 Seizing and Retaining the Initiative; 15 Off-Balancing and Pinning; 16 Mass; 17 Defence in Depth; 18 Strategic Offence and Tactical Defence; 19 Drawing the Enemy; 20 Deception and Feints; 21 Terror and Psychological Warfare; 22 Attrition and Annihilation; 23 Intelligence and Reconnaissance; 24 Insurgency and Guerrilla Warfare; 25 Counter-Insurgency

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When the fighting begins, every commander, in any field of conflict, has to face the question of How to Win on the Battlefield

About the Author

John France is Professor Emeritus, University of Swansea and Director of the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict Rob Johnson is Deputy Director of the Changing Character of War Programme, Oxford University and Lecturer in the History ofWar.


'This excellent book should be read widely by today's commanders' - General Lord Guthrie, former Chief of the Defence Staff
'A useful and timely reminder of the theory of tactics that have evolved during the long history of warfare.' - General Sir Michael Rose, former Adjutant General of the British Army and author of Washington's War
'A penetrating distillation of the ... fundamentals of battle - winning tactics ... as much essential reading for the student of war as for the corporate strategist.' - Commander Tim Ash, Royal Navy Head of Defence Studies
'Original and innovative ... both specialists and general readers will learn much from this treatment.' - Michael Neiberg, author of Fighting the Great War: A Global History

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