The book and its history
Experience matters in many ways
False data and preparation
Orders based on incomplete information
Orders, improvisation, and maps
Some miscellaneous quotes
- "To leave the bulk of the artillery behind may strike the reader as dangerous but I believe the decision to do so was correct. The Germans were pursuing and almost anything can be dared where opposed to a beaten opponent. Everything had to be sacrificed to speed if the Russians were to be overtaken. In this situation legs were the important thing, not cannon."
- "The importance of surprise in war cannot be overestimated. As it becomes increasingly difficult to obtain so does it become increasingly effective when it is obtained. No effort should be spared to make the decisive element of surprise work for us in war."
- "There is only one opportunity to issue detailed orders and that is before battle. When the action has actually begun, orders must be short and simple."
- "Every fight develops differently than is expected. Officers and troops must realize this in peace, in order that they will not lose courage when the unexpected occurs in war."