Accession Number : ADA308934

Title :   Coalition Warfare Versus France, 1792-1815.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Applegate, Michael F.

PDF Url : ADA308934

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Coalition warfare adds another element of friction to the already unpredictable and chaotic art of war. Tension can develop between coalition members as they are forced to compromise on various ends-ways-means issues. Obtaining consensus on political goals is difficult. The disparate interests and capabilities of the coalition members aggravate the development of a coherent coalition strategy. Exasperating matters further is their ad-hoc nature; nations that lack experience with each other occasionally find it necessary to form a coalition of expediency to meet a current threat. This study explores the many challenges of coalition warfare. The period of revolutionary and imperial France is the vehicle utilized to explore those challenges. Building and nurturing a strong political foundation is the primary element of coalition warfare. The principal task of strategic leaders involved in coalition warfare is to anticipate and overcome the many obstacles to coalition political unity and cooperation.

Descriptors :   *EUROPE, *MILITARY HISTORY, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *POLITICAL ALLIANCES, *FRANCE, *MILITARY PLANNING, *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, FOREIGN POLICY, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), THREATS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, CHAOS, THEORY, FAILURE, THESES, DEFICIENCIES, STRATEGIC WARFARE, FRICTION, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE