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The Army Of Frederick The Great
Title : The Army Of Frederick The Great
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ISBN : 9781883476021
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 359

It was a famous army, but it is not always understood. It was praised for introducing a revolution in the art of war and notorious for the brutality of its discipline, but how did this army really work? This is a study of the greatest army of its time by the finest historian of the wars of the 18th Century. The Prussian military machine is analyzed in detail, from top to bIt was a famous army, but it is not always understood. It was praised for introducing a revolution in the art of war and notorious for the brutality of its discipline, but how did this army really work? This is a study of the greatest army of its time by the finest historian of the wars of the 18th Century. The Prussian military machine is analyzed in detail, from top to bottom, from the mentality of the Junkers who led it to the way the men were clothed. The tactics, the recruitment, the finances of the military are laid bare. This is much more than a technical study, as we see how these regiments stood up to the test of the bloody battles of the Seven Years War and the long years of virtual imprisonment in barracks. The image of a formidable army forged by fear rather than leadership proves to be only partly true, but the tribulations of serving a hard taskmaster like Frederick the Great are well described by soldiers and observers of all ranks. The classic study of one of history's most famous armies has been heavily revised and updated through twenty more years of research and consideration. Now we can see the rise of the cavalry from the ridiculous to the superb, the once invincible infantry bleed white, and the light forces change from being negligible to being the terror of their enemies. A great army is made flesh and blood.


The Army Of Frederick The Great Reviews

  • Forrest

    A solid history of the King of Prussia's army and it's times. Duffy touches on all aspects of the army's components. From recruitment to retirement (or, more likely, post-service destitution), The Army of Frederick the Great outlines the career trajectory of the common soldier, NCO, and noble officers that served under their warrior-king. The social and economic aspects of the army are also explored, showing that, since the 18th-Century, at least, military service hasn't changed a lot. I should [...]

  • Sean Chick

    This is another insightful Duffy work. The Prussian army of this age was a mass of contradictions. They had superb infantry and cavalry, but mediocre artillery and siege tactics. Frederick II favored nobles to an extreme degree and his medical service was poor; old veterans of all ranks could not expect anything like the medical care the French and Austrians were offering. Yet, Frederick had a good rapport with his men and made sure they were well fed and clothed. Even the infantry was a contrad [...]

  • Jonathan

    Christopher Duffy, one of the true experts on 18th century European warfare examines the structure, men, weapons and actions of that era's best army: the Prussian army of Frederick the Great in this classic work. Without going into too many details, it should be noted that this army has the reputation of being a carefully-controlled array of automatons, when actually the role of the individual soldiers and commanders was an important component in it's best period. One should not get too teary-ey [...]

  • Bettie☯

    to look into further but the stats look good don't they!?

  • Richard

    Useful discussions of the army. Plus nice maps at the end. Very little you can't find elsewhere, however.