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“Fools say that you can only gain experience at your own expense, but I have always contrived to gain my experience at the expense of others.”-PRINCE BISMARCK.
REPRODUCED WITH AMENDMENTS FROM THE ARTICLE IN THE LAST
EDITION OF THE "ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA”
TO WHICH IS ADDED
AN ESSAY ON MILITARY LITERATURE AND
A LIST OF BOOKS
WITH BRIEF COMMENTS
COLONEL F. MAURICE
PROFESSOR OF MILITARY ART AND HISTORY, THE ROYAL STAFF COLLEGE
In preparing for separate publication the article "War" from the “Encyclopædia Britannica," I have made a few changes. I had wished, when the article was first written, to have supplied some assistance to those who desire to be acquainted with the most important works on the subject. Space forbad more than a brief reference to the most recent and most valuable books. I have now replaced this with an independent essay, giving a slight sketch of modern military literature, which will, I hope, be at least a step towards the object I have in view. Always preferring the “I” to the “we” dialect, I have in this
, essay adopted it in place of the latter, which seemed more suitable to the pages of a work in which many were engaged. I have, as far as possible, mentioned those books of which English or French translations exist; but I have thought it better to mention the most important works in different languages, though not translated.
I have made, on the demand of a kind critic in the Broad Arrow, a special addition to the part of the article “ War” about the work of the combined arms, dealing with the question of the moral and material effects respectively of infantry and artillery fire. Space alone prevented my touching, in the original article, upon this