Sunday, July 26, 2009

"When in 1806 the Prussian generals . . . plunged into the open jaws of disaster by using Fredrick the Great's oblique order of battle, it was not just a case of a style that had outlined its usefulness but the most extreme poverty of imagination to which routine has ever led. The result was that the Prussian army under Hohenlohe was ruined more completely than any army has ever been ruined on the battlefield."

-Carl von Clausewitz, On War

1 comment:

Andy said...

That was the war with Napoleon. A philosopher and an historian??? Impressive Large!!