Developing Tactical Skills at Longsword


Strategy differs materially from tactic; the latter belonging only to the mechanical movement of bodies, set in motion by the former.– Charles James, A New and Enlarged Military Dictionary (1810)

Before hostile armies or fleets are brought into contact (a word which perhaps better than any other indicates the dividing line between tactics and strategy), there are a number of questions to be decided, covering the whole plan of operations…– Alfred T. Mahan, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 (1890)

Fighting at any weapon is significantly more than simply knowing techniques and possessing courage in adequate degree – that is to say, successful fighting at any weapon involves more than just these elements. Students of any martial study frequently confuse technical ability, as learned and demonstrated in drills and exercises, with fighting ability. The former is necessary to the latter, but having technical skills is not…

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