History of the Art of War: Within the Framework of Political History - Vol. 4

History of the Art of War: Within the Framework of Political History - Vol. 4

History of the Art of War: Within the Framework of Political History - Vol. 4

History of the Art of War: Within the Framework of Political History - Vol. 4

Synopsis

"Two thirds of a century after it first appeared, this last volume of Delbruck's fundamental work on military history has been translated into English. The work remains essential for the history of European warfare." Choice

Excerpt

This translation of the fourth and last volume of Hans Delbrück Geschichte der Kriegskunst im Rahmen der politischen Geschichte completes my task of translating the four volumes written by Delbrück personally. This volume was originally published in Berlin in 1920.

I have followed the same guidelines here as in my translations of the first three volumes. It should be noted that, in the many references to strategy, I have translated Ermattungs-Strategie as "strategy of attrition," and Niederwerfungs-Strategie as "strategy of annihilation," the same terms I used in the preceding volumes. While some readers may prefer other! terminology, I believe the meaning is clear in each case.

In the occasional references to the varying minimum requirements for the height of soldiers, it should be remembered that the foot and inch were not standard measurements throughout Europe, and a height measurement of 5 feet, 7 inches, for example, is not the equivalent of those figures in British or American usage.

Once again I am indebted to Dr. Everett L. Wheeler for his translations of the Latin passages appearing in the text.

Finally, I take heartfelt pleasure in expressing my gratitude to my wife Ruth, who not only wrote out the translation of each of the last three volumes as I dictated but also bore the long ordeal with great patience.

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