Science of Arms

Cover of Science of Arms v1
Science of Arms v1

Science of Arms Series

If you have ever wondered how the great generals were trained, what they didn’t say in an account or how an army fought then the Science of Arms Series by Stephen M. Carter will give you everything you need.

In the late 17th century war was one of the most important professions. It was for this reason that the greatest generals laboured to acquire every ounce of knowledge, and went on to perfect the military art. These men judged that nothing was so necessary for the salvation of their states as the science of arms. They saw that it was by this means that nations repelled public and private insults. It was through the application of war, that citizens defended the liberty of their country and maintained discipline within their own territories. As a result, these men became professionals, and in so doing aroused the virtue of their fellow citizens and ensured the happiness of their people. These words are not new but adapted from the opening chapter of the Tracte de la Guerre ou Politique Militaire published in 1677. By then, the French Army had reached the peak of military perfection and Science of Arms draws on this expertise to create the definitive manual on the art of war, split across three volumes.

For the first time the historian, writer, reenactor, or military enthusiast can fully comprehend the spontaneous actions of the greatest generals. Science of Arms fills in the gaps found in eyewitness accounts, clarifies the unconscious behaviour of the officers, and brings to life the battle plans. This outstanding work combines all the great military treatises of the 17th century, with the original illustrations to form a unique depiction of the art of war as learnt by all the officers, and generals of the age. Science of Arms is everything needed to fully understand the military art as practised in the century of the soldier.

The first volume of the Science of Arms introduces the 17th-century concept of just war. Explains the duties of the general and his staff. Details the Ordinance Park, plus the weapons and equipment needed to wage war. This is followed by the evolutions, drills, postures, and tactics of the infantry from the lowest private to the colonel. The second volume covers the disciplines of the cavalry and the artillery, fighting a campaign and winning in battle. The final volume tackles the construction, defence, and attack of fortifications in the age of Vauban.

1. Richly illustrated with original diagrams and prints
2. Details the duties of the general, the officer & the policy for war
3. Covers every aspect of the infantry from its training to battlefield tactics

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