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Mr G's recommended reading list on Strategy and Tactics

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    This is the first in an intermittent series I hope to put up for everyone to use. This particular list gives what I think is a good selection of books on the subjects of strategy, tactics, and warfighting. It is broken down into three parts: Basic, intermediate, and advanced. The Basic books listed are ones everyone should read and re-read to understand warfare. The Intermediate ones will add much depth to your knowledge while the advanced ones are just added bonuses that you should study.

    Basics: The mathematics of war
    Grey, Colin S. The Leverage of Sea Power
    Handel, Michael I. Masters of War: Classic Strategic Thought
    Hughes, Wayne P. Capt USN (ret) Fleet Tactics, Theory and Practice
    Leonhard, Robert The Art of Maneuver
    Luttwak, Edward N. Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace
    USMC Warfighting: The US Marine Corps Book of Strategy

    Intermediate: The calculus of war

    Betts, Richard K. Surprise Attack
    Booker, Richard D. ed., Maneuver Warfare an Anthology
    v. Clausewitz, Carl Principles of War
    Earle, Edward M. ed., Makers of Modern Strategy
    Erfurth, Waldemar, General Surprise
    Jomini The Art of War
    Machiavelli, Niccolo The Art of War
    Mahan, Alfred Thayer The Influence of Sea Power upon History 1660 - 1783
    Napolean Military Maxims
    Paret, Peter ed., Makers of Modern Strategy
    du Picq, Ardant, Col., Battle Studies
    Rommel, Erwin, Field Marshall Infantry Attacks
    Sun Tzu, The Art of War
    Wood, W. J. Leaders and Battles: The Art of Military Leadership
    Wright, Quincy A Study of War
    ---------- Infantry in Battle

    Advanced:

    Corbett, Julian S. Some Principles of Maritime Strategy
    Douhet, Giulio Command of the Air
    Dupuy, Trevor N. Understanding Defeat
    Dupuy, Trevor N. Understanding War
    Fitts, Richard E. Lt Col USAF The Strategy of Electromagnetic Conflict
    v. Freytag-Loringhoven, Hugo, Maj Gen Baron The Power of Personality in War
    Hart, B. H. Liddell Strategy
    Hezlet, Authur, V. Admiral Sir Electronics and Seapower
    Kahn, Hermann On Thermonuclear War
    Keegan, John The Face of Battle
    v. Leeb, Ritter, Field Marshall Defense
    Messenger, Charles The Art of Blitzkrieg
    Mitchell, William Winged Defense
    Musashi, Miyamoto A Book of Five Rings
    de Saxe, Maurice, Marshall My Reveries Upon the Art of War
    Schlesinger, Robert J. Principles of Electromagnetic Conflict
    Simpkin, Richard E. Race to the Swift
    Starr, Chester G. The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History
    Vegetius Renatus, Flavius The Military Institutions of the Romans
     
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