Saturday, 26 July 2008

Princes, Posts and Partisans: The Army of Louis XIV and Partisan Warfare

By George Satterfield
Published 2003. This is my book of the month, without a doubt. I'm not much good at reviewing books but this one tells the story of Louis XIV's war with the Dutch and much more. It is a great military history of the campaigns and the diplomacy behind this great negelcted era of history. I recommend you consult the preview here. The bumph reads
This volume explores French partisan warfare in the Spanish Netherlands during the Dutch War (1672-78). It considers such practices as contributions, fire-raids, and blockades before sieges. The author relies extensively on archival sources, and in many cases explores events that have been passed over by similar studies. Louis XIV and his generals used partisan warfare to fit a strategy of exhaustion to ensure territorial conquest. The French army's reliance on partisan warfare reveals the limitations of the war-making potential of Louis XIV's state; at the same time it leads to the emergence of a more modern practice of military operations to pursue theater-strategic objectives.
Picture A M Mallet Travaux de Mars 1672 'Cavaliers'

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