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Gustavus Adolphus
Title : Gustavus Adolphus
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ISBN : 9780306808630
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 896

Gustavus Adolphus (1594–1632), King of Sweden, has been rightfully hailed as the father of modern warfare and as the most outstanding commander of the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). Forming the first national conscript army in modern Europe, he emphasized officer education, strict discipline, rigorous training, and the combination of firepower and mobility, until he had foGustavus Adolphus (1594–1632), King of Sweden, has been rightfully hailed as the father of modern warfare and as the most outstanding commander of the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). Forming the first national conscript army in modern Europe, he emphasized officer education, strict discipline, rigorous training, and the combination of firepower and mobility, until he had forged a formidable fighting force that stands unrivaled between Caesar's legions and Napoleon's Grande Armée. In 1630 Gustavus rescued the beleaguered Protestant cause in Germany from the Catholic League of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II militarily, led by the era's two other great captains, Tilly and Wallenstein. Gustavus triumphed against them (twice defeating Tilly) in battles that are tactical masterpieces, but he was killed while leading a cavalry charge at Lutzen.Illustrated with nearly 250 drawings and maps, Dodge's brilliant work (1895) not only examines the life, battles, and military innovations of Gustavus Adolphus but continues beyond the end of the Thirty Years' War to 1712, discussing his influence upon the great captains who followed—Turenne, Condé, Eugene, and Marlborough. The result is a clear, comprehensive study of a neglected but crucial period in the annals of warfare.


Gustavus Adolphus Reviews

  • Julian Cribb

    A fascinating history of an extraordinary figure in history, who deserves to stand with Alexander, Caesar and Napoleon in many respects - but is little known in the English-speaking world. Fighting in one of the bloodiest wars in all of history - the 30 Years War (1618-48)- on the side of the Protestants, when armies habitually slaughtered, raped and pillaged everyone in the path (all in the name of God) culminating in the horror of Magdeburg, Gustavus stand out as the exception, a genuinely goo [...]

  • 'Aussie Rick'

    This book, first published in 1895, offers the reader an interesting account of the Swedish King, Gustavus Adolphus (1594–1632) and his role as a commander during the Thirty Years' War. The book is illustrated with numerous maps and line drawings, although the maps are a bit hard to read at times but sufficient to get an idea of the movements being described. The book continues past the death of Gustavus Adolphus and the end of the Thirty Years' War to look at his influence upon the great capt [...]

  • Luis Delgado

    Gustabas Adolphus,: A History of the Art of WarGracias a las mejoras que introdujo tanto en el fusil como en los cañones que le daban ventaja en el campo de batalla, le permitió distinguirse en el combate, facilitando la maniobra de las unidades de infantería y caballería, apoyados por unidades de artillería, obteniendo rapidez en sus maniobras frente a la rigidez de sus iniciales adversarios. Es digno de resaltar su fidelidad al móvil por el qué se involucró en la Guerra de los Treinta [...]

  • Edward Lengel

    Possibly the weakest entry in Dodge's otherwise superb Great Captains series. The author's religious bigotry skews his judgment in considering the events of the Thirty Years' War and Cromwell's campaign in Ireland. In the second half of this lengthy work, however, Dodge returns to strictly military affairs, and does a much better job analyzing the campaigns of Turenne, Conde, Eugene, and Marlborough.

  • Takipsilim

    The father of modern warfare and a highly readable narrative/study of an overlooked period in the art of war.

  • Joe Vaughn

    Massive and intimidating book--don't get put off by the size of the thing. Well worth the read for those who enjoy the evolution of military strategy and tactics.

  • Christopher

    Pedantic and boring.