These are just my working notes on military tactics, strategy, theory, history. Consequently, blog posts are frequently revised, revisited, and improved...and the writing style may be choppy or otherwise unsatisfactory for English puritans.

At the rate I'm working through the books currently, we should end up describing Roman military theory by Autumn 2012.

Our basic guiding principles follow Clausewitz's "Critical Analysis", despite the recent developments where historians have deemed it unfashionable to learn from history.

Most discussions of battles revolve around trying to establish what did or did not happen. As Clausewitz remarked "the object of criticism [i.e., critical analysis] is to establish the facts and not to sit in judgment" (emphasis added, The Campaign of 1815 in France §34).

We loosely follow chronological development of military theory, so Ancient military strategy will be discussed for a while.

Naval tactics and strategy may or may not be discussed, I haven't really given much thought to the matter.


All the maps are taken from public domain sources, usually the US Military Academy...admittedly indirectly through Wikimedia.

Citation style follows Mary-Claire van Leunen's A Handbook for Scholars.

I will try very hard to cite sources freely available online, but I cannot make any promises. Instead of using ellipses in quotes (e.g., "Joe said 'I will...eat food.'"), I instead just use light gray font color to remove the unimportant details (e.g., "Joe said, 'I will die a slow, painful, horrible death unless I eat food.'").

The reason is two fold: (1) I probably won't have access to the book/resource used, so I try to include more than enough information; (2) it is more honest, and I wish to be as frank as possible.

Comment Policy

I'm fairly lenient about comments. Just keep it on point, clear, clean, and remember: no politics, no religion, no nonsense.

This is not the place to discuss politics. I'm not particularly fond of political discussions, since people tend to talk very loudly and very quickly without listening to anyone else...with the net result that nothing gets done (case in point: all of human history).