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The cavalry 1740-1789: organization and tactics under Louis XV and Louis XVI

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Organization and tactics of the cavalry under Louis XV and Louis XVI.

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Author Commander Édouard Desbrière and Captain Maurice Sautai
ISBN 979-8600167377
Date of publication February 2020
Format 150 x 227 mm
Pagination 164 pages
Shaping Paperback, matte cover
Weight 264 g
Tongue French
Editor Self-publishing

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Published in 1906, the present work is the work of Commander Édouard Desbrière (1759-1824) and Captain Maurice Sautai (1868-1915), both then in office at the historical section of the Army General Staff. This booklet was the first of a more general study initiated on the organization and tactics of the three weapons of the army: cavalry, infantry and artillery. The purpose of this important study was to respond to the wishes of high military personalities and to instruct officers in the successive transformations of the organization and tactics of each weapon. The need for the General Staff of the Army to complete its work quickly, at the dawn of the First World War, had forced the authors of its historical section to present what they considered to be only a first essay, intended to be perfected as documentary history studies progressed. The work of Édouard Desbrière and Maurice Sautai has not been completed since 1906. But did it have to be? The former ended his career with the rank of colonel while the latter was killed in Champagne in March 1915. Recognized military authors, they bequeathed us this rich and complete study on the cavalry that we like today to republish in order to make it available to the greatest number.