Hamley, Sir Edward Bruce.


6th ed., updated, 1907. Xx + 425 pp., 18 maps incl. many fldg., 1 cold. & 6 mounted on canvas at rear of book. Original maroon cloth & original spine re-laid; 25 x 18cm. Ex-Lib. Royal United Service Institution with usual stamps & markings; hinges a little tender, wear to covers with corners rubbed & bumped; contents clean, complete & o/w GOOD+. This extensive study, updated here in this the sixth edition published in 1907, draws on examples of eighteenth and nineteenth century wars, with countless examples from the Napoleonic era, to illustrate the operations of war. The final part of this edition extends the study to include the most recent war, the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5. The first part explores The Modern Conditions of War and includes the influence of roads and railways on the operations of a modern army as well as the supply of armies at a distance from their base. The second part covers The Considerations which Must Precede the Opening of a Campaign and discusses differences between offensive and defensive war, the selection of an object, and the selection of a theatre of operations, and line by which to operate. The third part examines Operations Illustrating the Relations between the Fronts of Opposing Armies and their Respective Lines of Communication with their Bases. Different examples are drawn here from the Campaign of Salamanca, the Campaign of Jena and Moreau’s Campaign of 1800. The fourth part discusses Operations Illustrating the Relations between the Fronts of Opposing Armies, Without Special Reference to the Communications with the Bases. Here different examples are drawn from the Campaign of 1796 in Germany, from the Battle of Waterloo, and from the Campaign in Georgia in 1864. The fifth part covers The Influence of Obstacles and as well as looking at other campaigns, especially considers the Campaign of 1814 in Champagne and the Campaign of Metz and Sedan. The final part focuses entirely on The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905 and includes chapters on general conditions affecting the transport of troops by sea, the Japanese plan of Campaign, courses open to the Russians, a narrative of important events – 8th February to end of May 1904, a narrative of events after the Battle of Nanshan, detachments, and notes on the study of tactics. This work is supported by a total of eighteen maps, many of which are folding.

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