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Whirlwind09 Jun 2019 10:33 a.m. PST

This recent thread TMP link reminded me to ask a question: recently re-reading Quimby's "The Background of Napoleonic Warfare" link it describes Guibert and his father playing wargames to better understand the battles of the War of the Austrian Succession. Is there anything more detailed about this in any of Guibert's works?

his father made a number of movable figured plans which could represent various conformations of terrain and demonstrated with small wooden blocks the mechanism of armies, illustrated by representations of battles especially of the War of the Austrian Succession then in progress. Following these basic lessons, the two would go out on reconnaisances where the young Guibert developed his judgment and recognition of the military features of topography. Then they took up their war game, the two forming armies and maneuvering against each other on the pasteboard plans. The son was encouraged to make objections and use his imagination. Then the two would discuss the reasons for what they had done, with the elder Guibert encouraging questions and even disagreement. Guibert remarked that his father made the study so interesting that they frequently spent the whole night at it.

(Quimby, Professor Robert S. The Background Of Napoleonic Warfare: The Theory Of Military Tactics In Eighteenth-Century France . Wagram Press. Kindle Edition).

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