The Art of War [Baron Antoine-Henri De Jomini] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Antoine-Henri Jomini was the most celebrated writer on the Napoleonic art of war. Jomini was This is a ~15 page “summary” of the book. Jomini and his Summary of the art of war;. Main Author: Jomini, Antoine Henri, baron de, Related Subjects: Military art and science. Physical. The translators of Jomini’s Summary of the Principles of the Art of War have . Jomini’s Art of War offered a simple, practical guidebook for using troops in.

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The summarized version of The Art of War was first published inand an updated edition shmmarynot long after Marie von Clausewitz published the tenth and last volume of her husband’s writing. His Swiss patriotism was indeed strong, and he withdrew from the Allied Army in when he found that he could not prevent the Allies’ violation of Swiss neutrality.

Jomini is about how to fight, Clausewitz is about the essence aar war Focused on geography and favored the offensive Jomini looked for similarities and what was the same from one war to another. Clausewitz was seeking what was different.

In censuring my works, General Bismark has availed himself of his rights, not only in virtue of his claim to reprisals, but because every book jomino made to be judged and controverted. After several years of retirement and literary work, Jomini resumed his post in the Russian army, and in abouthe was made a full general. The discussions of several authors, among others those of the Marquis de Chambray and of General Okounieff upon the fire of infantry.

I perceived that this secret consisted in the very simple manoeuvre of carrying the bulk of his forces upon a single wing of the hostile army; and Lloyd soon came to fortify me in this conviction. Specifically, Jomini stated in his summaru. Clausewitz did it too, but not for personal gain — he felt that his king had betrayed Prussia by capitulating, and wanted to fight on.

It would be necessary to describe the relations or the interests of states like Ancillon, and recount battles like Napoleon or Frederick, to produce a chef-d’oeuvre of this kind.

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A little later came Grimoard, Guibert and Lloyd: Few te influenced military operations up to as much as Jomini. As for the rest, I have never soiled my pen by attacking personally studious men who devote themselves to science, and if I have not shared their dogmas, I have expressed as much with moderation and impartiality: For some years thereafter, Jomini held both a French and a Russian commission, with the consent of both sovereigns.

There is nothing perfect under the sun!!! Count Ov gave maxims upon field warfare and upon that of sieges. Ths must be observed, in Jomini’s defense, that he had for years held a dormant commission in the Russian army and that he had declined to take part in the invasion of Russia in One cannot deny to General Clausewitz great learning and a facile pe; but this pen, at times a little vagrant, is above all too pretentious for a didactic discussion, the simplicity and clearness of which ought to be its first merit.


As chief of the staff of Ney’s group of corps, he rendered distinguished services before and at nomini Battle of Bautzenand he was recommended for the rank of general of division. More importantly, a point that Napoleon commented upon, was the fact that he was a Swiss citizen, not a Frenchman. Inhe was with Tsar Alexander in Paris, and attempted in vain to save the life of his old commander Ney.

Book review: The Art of War –

In weighing all that has been said for or against, in comparing the immense progress made in the science for the last thirty years, with the incredulity of M. Already had the narratives of Frederick the Great commenced to initiate me in the secret which had caused him to gain the miraculous victory of Leuthen Lissa. But if as a didactic author, he has raised more doubts than he has discovered truths, as a critical historian, he has been an unscrupulous plagiarist, pillaging his predecessors, copying their reflections, and saying evil afterwards of their works, after having travestied them under other forms.

Until the fall of Napoleon, politico-military history had had for many centuries but a single remarkable work; that of Frederick the Great, entitled History of my time. Jomini’s book analyzes step by step summaary methods and the ways of war.

In that capacity, he standardized many procedures, and used his position att experiment with organizational systems and strategies. Jomini feels that politics end when war begins.

Jomini bibliographical info – Jomini graphics. While in Russian service, Jomini tried hard to promote a more scientific approach at the general staff academy he helped to found.

At the critical moment of the battle of Eylau, he had exclaimed, “If I were the Russian commander for two hours! Jomini was a big critic of Clausewitz for two reasons: Neither Clausewitz not Jomini were given many responsibilities by the Russians, but they were both in a position to observe key battles.

And if a committee were assembled under the presidency of the Arch Duke Charles or Wellington, composed of all the strategic and tactical notabilities of the age, together with the most skillful generals of engineers and artillery, this committee could not yet succeed in making a perfect, absolute and immutable theory on all the branches of war, especially on tactics!

Clausewitz, I believe I am correct in concluding that the ensemble of my principles and of the maxims which are derived from them, has been badly comprehended by several writers; that some have made the most erroneous application of them; that others have drawn from them exaggerated consequences which have never been able to enter my head, for a general officer, after having assisted in a dozen campaigns, ought to know that war is a great drama, in which a thousand physical or moral causes operate more or less powerfully, and which cannot be reduced to mathematical calculations.


Jomini, The Art of War

The latter especially made a certain sensation in Europe by his Spirit of the System of Modern Warfarethe work of a man of genius, but which was merely sketched, and which added nothing to the first notions given by Lloyd. For Jomini, Clausewitz’s death thirty-eight years prior to his own came as a piece of arr good fortune.

He died at Passy only a year before the Franco-Prussian War of — Germany was especially fertile in dogmatic works; Xilander in Bavaria, Theobald and Muller of Whrttemberg, Wagner, Decker, Hoyer and Valintini in Prussia, published different books, which presented substantially but the repetition of the maxims of the Arch Duke Charles and mine, with other developments of application.

Jomini’s ideas were a staple at military academies, the United States Military Academy at West Point being a prominent example; his theories were thought to have affected many officers who later served summarh the American Civil War. Clausewitz is always looking for what is different.

Thielke and Faesch published in Saxony, the one, fragments upon castramentation, the attack of camps and positions, the other a collection of maxims upon the accessory parts of the operations of war. As I have said in my chapter of principles, published by itself inthe art of war has existed in all time, and strategy especially was the same under Caesar as under Napoleon. Once he left Napoleon’s service, he maintained thw and his reputation primarily through prose.

Those who would deny this truth would not be candid. He found the job uninteresting and spent most of his time preparing his first book on military theory: It must not be concluded, however, that the art has arrived at that point that it cannot make another step towards perfection.

Graihill inwas edited by J. Sumkary statements of his proved to be wrong. Jomini won that competition easily — his books were published around 20 times, when there were still copies of the first pressings of On War around decades after his death. Army, especially during the Civil War, when American generals put its theories into practice. The works of Clausewitz have been incontestably useful, although it is often less by the ideas of the author, than by the contrary ideas to which he gives birth.