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Charles Jean Jacques Joseph Ardant du Picq 19 October — 18 August was a French Army xrdant and military theorist of the mid-nineteenth century whose writings, as pics were later interpreted by other theorists, had a great effect on French military theory and doctrine. As a captain, he saw action in the French expedition to Varna April—June during the Crimean Warbut he fell ill and was shipped home.

Upon recovery, he rejoined his regiment in front of Sevastopol September. Transferred to the 9th Chasseurs a Pied battalion Decemberhe was captured during the storming of the central bastion of Sevastopol in September He was released in December and returned to active duty. As a major with the 16th Chasseur Battalion, Ardant du Picq served in Syria studles August to June during the French intervention to restore order during Maronite-Druze sectarian violence.

Like virtually all his peers, he also saw extensive service in Algeria —66and in February was appointed colonel of the 10th Line Infantry Regiment.


Battle studies; ancient and modern battle

He was in France at the outbreak of war with Prussia on 15 July baattle took command of his regiment, the Tenth Regiment of the Line.

Although comparatively little is known of his life, Ardant du Picq’s small corpus of writings has earned him a place in the ranks of great military theorists.

Before du Picq began his famous manuscripts, the French military relied heavily upon the writings of former Chief of Staff Baron Antoine-Henri Jomini when it came to warfare. Before his death, du Picq had already published Combat antique ancient battlewhich was later expanded from his manuscripts into the classic Etudes sur les combat: Combat antique et moderneoften referred to by its common English title as Battle Studies.

This work was published in part in posthumously, and the complete text did not appear until The difficulties surrounding reform of the French military and its organization were widely discussed and his work referenced, and it was a very popular work among the army during World War I. Bugeaud’s experiences with Marshal Sucheta highly regarded former general of Napoleon ‘s, left an indelible impression upon piicq Marshal that were handed down arvant du Batle.

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His principal interest was in the moral and psychological aspects of battle; as he himself wrote of the battlefields of his day: He loses them in the disorienting smoke and ardajt of a battle which he is fighting, so to speak, on his own. Cohesion is no longer ensured by mutual observation.


This stark difference from du Picq’s theory was put forward principally by Colonel de Grandmaison. In sum, Ardant du Picq was studiez talented analyst and, had he lived, would have gained a fine reputation as a military historian. His analyses stressed the vital importance, especially in contemporary warfare, of discipline and unit cohesion.

Along with Carl von Clausewitzhe was a major influence in France after the defeat of the French army in the Franco-Prussian Warand their attention to psychological and behavioral factors in combat was judged to be supremely important. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Battle Studies; Ancient and Modern Battle by Ardant du Picq

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