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Frederick the Great's Instructions to His Generals

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One of the great military treatises of all time, written by Frederick the Great of Prussia when he was, arguably, at the height of his powers, this audiobooklet reveals the tactics, strategy, tricks and ruses of war that this great general of the Enlightenment had distilled both from his own experience and his reading of the great generals of his age.

Both the military historian, the wargamer and, indeed, the general reader will gain valuable insights into the conduct of war during the horse and musket era, just as the generations of military leaders following the remarkable achievements of Prussia have done. Here, distilled into what seems such a slim volume, are some of the most extraordinarily candid revelations of the man who was as at home in the front line with his troops as he was in the palace of Sans Souci playing the flute.

Divided into a series of Articles, the range of topics covered is remarkable, and an absolute gold mine for those wishing to play campaigns, design boardgames or just immerse themselves in the spirit of the age:

I          On the faults and merits of Prussian troops
II         On supplies and rations for the troops (Feldkommissariat)
III        On sutlers, beers and spirits
IV        On dry and fresh fodder
V         On knowledge of the country
VI        On the ‘Coup d’oeil’
VII       On the deployment of troops
VIII      On camps
IX        On how to protect a camp
X         On how and why to send out detachments
XI        On the strategies and ruses of war
XII       On spies, how to use them on every occasion, and how to get information about the enemy
XIII      On certain signs by which you can discover the enemy’s intentions
XIV      On our countries, on neutral countries, on enemy countries; on differences in religions, and what conduct these different aims require.
XV        On all types of march an enemy can make
XVI       On what precautions you should take in a retreat against Hussars and Pandours
XVII      On the way in which Prussian light troops will fight against Hussars and Pandours
XVIII     On moves by which you can force an enemy to follow suit
XIX       On crossing rivers
XX        On how to prevent river crossings
XXI       On surprise attacks on towns
XXII      On combat and battle
XXIII     On the reasons for and how you should give battle
XXIV     On the unforseen hazards and accidents which occur during a war
XXV      On whether it is absolutely necessary for a commander-in-chief to hold a council of war
XXVI     On army manouevres
XXVII    On winter quarters
XXVIII   On winter campaigns

Run time: 3 hours, 2 minutes


Henry Hyde is the well-known author of The Wargaming Compendium, former editor of Battlegames and Miniature Wargames with Battlegames magazines, and now Patreon creative and blogger with more than 60 podcasts produced in his own name, and appearances on many more. You can find him on Twitter as @battlegames and via his Patreon page and Battlegames blog. He also has a career as a professional designer. This is the third Gladius Publication read by Henry, who has now also narrated both fiction and non-fiction books in the wider publishing arena for other authors.
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