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Marshal Vauban and the Defence of Louis XIVs France

Marshal Vauban and the Defence of Louis XIVs France

  • Author: James Falkner
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • ISBN: 1783031336
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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“[A] vivid and well written account of the life of the man who built some of the most magnificent military structures known to man.”—Clayton Donnell, “Fortress Archaeologist” Sebastien Le Prestre, Marshal Vauban, was one of the greatest military engineers of all time. His complex, highly sophisticated fortress designs, his advanced theories for the defense and attack of fortified places, and his prolific work as a writer and radical thinker on military and social affairs, mark him out as one of the most influential military minds of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Yet no recent study of this extraordinary man has been published in English. James Falkner, in this perceptive and lively new account of Vauban’s life and work, follows his career as a soldier from a dashing and brave young cavalry officer to his emergence as a masterful military engineer. And he shows that Vauban was much more than simply a superlative builder of fortresses, for as a leading military commander serving Louis XIV, he perfected a method for attacking fortifications in the most effective way, which became standard practice until the present day. Falkner’s new study will add significantly to the understanding of Vauban’s achievements and the impact his work has had on the history of warfare. “A very enjoyable read for those looking for a good, basic account of Vauban’s career and his role in the wars of Louis XIV and of fortification more generally. Its usefulness is enhanced by various maps and reproductions of portraits of key characters and of contemporary plans of fortresses.”—War in History

Understanding War

Understanding War

An Annotated Bibliography

  • Author: Christian P. Potholm
  • Publisher: UPA
  • ISBN: 0761867740
  • Category: History
  • Page: 718
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The third book in Professor Christian Potholm’s war trilogy (which includes Winning at War and War Wisdom), Understanding War provides a most workable bibliography dealing with the vast literature on war and warfare. As such, it provides insights into over 3000 works on this overwhelmingly extensive material. Understanding War is thus the most comprehensive annotated bibliography available today. Moreover, by dividing war material into eighteen overarching themes of analysis and fifty seminal topics, and focusing on these, Understanding War enables the reader to access and understand the broadest possible array of materials across both time and space, beginning with the earliest forms of warfare and concluding with the contemporary situation. Stimulating and thought-provoking, this volume is essential for an understanding of the breadth and depth of the vast scholarship dealing with war and warfare through human history and across cultures.

Marlborough's Battlefields

Marlborough's Battlefields

  • Author: James Falkner
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473816238
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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Three hundred years ago Queen Anne's Captain-General, John Churchill 1st Duke of Marlborough, led the Allied armies in an epic struggle against the powerful French forces of Louis XIV, in campaigns that stretched across wide areas of the Low Countries, France and Germany. Marlborough's victories at the Schellenberg, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet are among the most remarkable feats in all of British military history. Marlborough broke France's military power for a hundred years. As James Falkner demonstrates in this, the first full-scale guide to the subject, the story of these famous campaigns makes compelling and exciting reading, and the sites associated with them are evocative places that can easily be visited today. His battlefield guide is essential reading for anyone who is keen to understand the military history of the era, and it is an invaluable companion for visitors to the many battlefields associated with Marlborough's triumphs.

Ramillies 1706

Ramillies 1706

Year of Miracles

  • Author: James Falkner
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1783409649
  • Category: History
  • Page: 144
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On Sunday 23 May 1706, near the village of Ramillies in modern Belgium, the Anglo-Dutch army commanded by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, inflicted a devastating defeat on the French army of the Duke de Villeroi. Marlborough's triumph on that day ranks alongside Blenheim as one of the great feats of his extraordinary military career. The French army was shattered physically and morally and, as a result, Marlborough's army overran almost all of the Spanish Netherlands in the next six weeks, and gained an unshakeable advantage over the armed might of Louis XIV's France during the long War of the Spanish Succession. In this expert guide to the battle and the battlefield, James Falkner offers a gripping and authoritative account of the campaign and the action, and he takes the reader across the battleground itself, relating the course of the fighting to the terrain as it can be viewed today.

Vauban and the French Military Under Louis XIV

Vauban and the French Military Under Louis XIV

An Illustrated History of Fortifications and Strategies

  • Author: Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786456981
  • Category: History
  • Page: 300
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A man of inventiveness, versatility and reformist ideas, Marshal Sébastien Le Preste de Vauban built a formidable ring of fortresses to protect France’s national frontiers. More than just a fortification designer, Vauban was also a gifted economist, author, and political strategist. This book tells the complete story of Vauban’s exceptional career, placing him within the framework of Louis XIV’s reign and revealing his lasting influences in France and other nations. With the aid of numerous detailed drawings, 17th century bastioned fortification, artillery, and seige warfare are described in detail. Vauban’s fortifications that are still standing today are particularly highlighted.

Blenheim 1704

Blenheim 1704

Marlborough's Greatest Victory

  • Author: James Falkner
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1783833122
  • Category: History
  • Page: 141
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A detailed and easily followed guidebook that tells the story of the Duke of Marlborough's victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704 and takes the reader across the Bavarian battlefield, rediscovering the lanes and by-ways tramped by the soldiers of 300 years ago. The author's skilful use of maps, his detailed knowledge of the ground, and his deep military understanding combine to give the reader an unprecedented feel for the twists and turns of this exciting and complex battle.

Marlborough's Wars

Marlborough's Wars

Eyewitness Accounts, 1702–1713

  • Author: James Falkner
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • ISBN: 1781596859
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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Many books have been written about the 1st Duke of Marlborough's famous victories, but none of the previous studies has really concentrated on how the warfare was perceived by the men and women who took part - those who experienced the action at first hand. James Falkner has brought together a vivid selection of contemporary accounts of every aspect of the war to create a panoramic yet minutely detailed picture of those years of turmoil. The story is told through memoirs, letters, official documents, dispatches, newspaper reports and eyewitness testimony from the French and Allied sides of the conflict. His linking narrative provides a penetrating analysis of the strategy and tactics of warfare at the time.

The Fortress in the Age of Vauban and Frederick the Great 1660-1789

The Fortress in the Age of Vauban and Frederick the Great 1660-1789

  • Author: Christopher Duffy
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317408594
  • Category: History
  • Page: 318
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The later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries have been acclaimed as the classic period of artillery fortification. This was an era when fortresses and fortress systems shaped the calculations of strategists and statesmen, and often dictated the course of campaigns. The age was one of almost constant conflict and this book, originally published in 1985, explores the influence of the fortress in the dynastic wars of Bourbon, Habsburg and Hohenzollern, the contest for influence in the Baltic, the last crusades of the West against the Turks, and in the peculiar conditions of colonial campaigning and the War of the American Independence.

A Treatise on the Defence of Fortified Places

A Treatise on the Defence of Fortified Places

Written Under the Direction and Published by Command of Buonaparté, for the Instruction and Guidance of the Officers of the French Army

  • Author: Lazare Carnot
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Defensive (Military science)
  • Page: 234
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The New American Cyclopaedia

The New American Cyclopaedia

A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge

  • Author: George Ripley,Charles Anderson Dana
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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