Defend Everything…

“He who defends everything, defends nothing.” Frederick the Great (1712 to 1786) Frederick II, byname Frederick the Great, was the King of Prussia (1740-86), and a brilliant military campaigner who, in a series of diplomatic stratagems and wars against Austria and other powers, greatly enlarged Prussia’s territories and made Prussia the foremost military power in… Read More

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A Strong Strategy…

“The best strategy is always to be very strong.” Carl von Clausewitz (1780 to 1831) Carl Philipp Gottlieb von Clausewitz was a Prussian general and military thinker, whose work Vom Kriege (1832; On War) has become one of the most respected classics on military strategy.

Thinking Soldiers…

“If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks.” Frederick the Great (1712 to 1786) Frederick II, aka Frederick the Great, was the third King of Prussia (1740-86). Considered one of the great military captains, he was a brilliant military campaigner who, in a series of diplomatic stratagems and… Read More

Defensive Wars: Decisive Blows vs Small Misfortunes…

“A defensive war is apt to betray us into too frequent detachment. Those generals who have had but little experience attempt to protect every point, while those who are better acquainted with their profession, having only capital object in view, guard against a decisive blow, and acquiesce in small misfortunes to avoid greater.” Frederick the… Read More