La Petite Guerre, ou Traite du Service des Troupes legeres en Campagne.

6 p.l., 202 pp.; 2 p.l., [203]-417, [1] pp., one leaf of errata. Two vols. 12mo, cont. marbled sheep (a little rubbed), spines gilt, red & green leather lettering pieces on spines. N.p.: 1756.

First edition of one of the earliest works to describe the tactics of partisan (or guerrilla) warfare. Grandmaison describes the use of light cavalry and infantry in a war zone. They would operate behind enemy lines to disrupt communications, seize posts or villages as forward-operating bases, ambush convoys, impose war taxes or contributions, raid logistical stockpiles, and compel enemy forces to disperse and protect their own base of operations. The combatants also employed sabotage and hit-and-run tactics to fight the larger and less mobile military.

Major General de Grandmaison served in the cavalry of the Voluntiers of Flanders.

Fine copy from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. There was an English edition published in 1777.

❧ Jähns 2712–“Eine verständige Arbeit, die auch Selbsterlebtes wiederspiegelt. Friedrich II legte Wert auf sie.”.

Price: $1,350.00

Item ID: 4932

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