By Jeremy Black
During this radical reassessment, Jeremy Black demanding situations a few of the demonstrated assumptions concerning the so-called army Revolution of 1560- 1660. He argues that it's faraway from transparent army revolution did happen in this interval. certainly there's extra proof to signify that the outline may be utilized extra thoroughly to the subsequent hundred years. This publication additionally re-examines the connection among army power and family balance. instead of seeing the latter because the outcome of the previous, Dr Black argues that it makes extra experience to determine the previous as a result of latter.
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On 27 December 1677 the Swedish fortress of Stettin fell to Brandenburg forces after a long siege, despite the harshness of the winter. Nevertheless, such operations could be costly and those who pressed for them felt it necessary to defend their views. The Jacobite Sir Henry Goring, arguing for an invasion of England in late 1726, wrote: 'if it should be objected, that to send troops into a foreign country in the winter, they would be liable to great hardships, and that they would suffer very much by keeping the field in that season, the objection is easily answered ...
The techniques of countermarching and volley fire were not without relevance in eastern Europe, but the small number of engagements fought between linear formations of infantry and settled by firepower is a reminder that these tactical innovations were not the only ones of importance. On the evidence of Eastern Europe they can hardly be seen as the key to a European military revolution. (iii) Change 1660--1760 In so far as decisive developments occurred during the period 1560--1760, in the case of most military forces they were primarily found in the second half of the period.
In contrast, the AustroTurkish conflict of 1593-1606 was largely a war of sieges in and near the valley of the Danube, suggesting that it would be foolish to contrast eastern and western European warfare too readily. The logistical strength of the Turkish army in this war was impressive. The supply-line through Hungary was helped by the rivers which flow north/south: after Belgrade men, equipment and supplies could be transported along the Danube or the Tisza. An efficient supply system moved food from Hungary and the Danubian principalities to the front.