Napoloen’s Strategies Corps d'Armée Staff work Communication Five principles Rapidity of movements Strategy of the central position vs Strategy of indirect approach
Corps d'Armée all-arm force of infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers and staff.
Staff work 1 st Div - handled troop movements, orders of the day, correspondence. 2 nd Div - supply, police, hospitals and headquarters administration. 3 rd Div - recruiting, prisoners of war, deserters, and military justice. 4 th Div - supervising the army's lengthening line of communications. 5 th Div - reconnaissance, correspondence with fortress commanders.
Five Principles The primary objective is the destruction of the enemy' s armies or the main army All forces must concentrate on the task of attaining the objective. Operations must be designed to surprise and confuse the enemy. Every effort must be made to render the enemy helpless through the severance of his lines of supply, communications, and retreat. The security of French forces must be guarded to prevent surprise.
Rapidity of movements "Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never."
Two Favorite Strategies Strategy of superiority : Indirect Approach Strategy of inferiority : the central position