Chapter 1: Strategy from Fifth Century BC to Twentieth Century AD: Chapter 1: History as Practical Experience
• This chapter, like much of the book, is written in the third-person with an educational tone.
• Moral elements of warfare are far more important that physical ones.
• The "center" of a military force is formed by its control, supply, and morale.
• Dislocating a force's center causes it to cease being an effective fighting force.
• "Natural lines of expectation" are routes or methods by which an army expects to be attacked.
• Attacks against natural lines of expectation have minimal chances of success.
• There is acknowledgment that whenever a war takes place, the parties of all participatory nations suffer more than gain in war.
• An important idea revealed in the first chapter is that "the moral is to the physical as three to one." Apparently Napoleon Bonaparte often said this.
• Another important idea is that...
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