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August 08, 2010


Joseph Fouche

By the lights of the future, Hannibal's greatest defeat was Cannae. If he possessed 20/20 foresight, he would have commanded that no one sleeps until they bring me the head of young Publius Cornelius Scipio.


But the Corsican was nowhere near the main effort at Jena. His brilliance was not in the operational art per se, but in empowering his subordinate corps commanders to seize initiative when C2 channels proved inadequate for direct Comms with his Maison.


That, though, is operational art (as Claus Telp describes in the monograph)--the skillful direction of distributed corps for operational maneuver. Plus, although he did empower his corps commanders he was mainly a centralizer in a manner that would be impossible in 1914 due to army size.

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