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FREDERICK THE GREAT
"MILITARY INSTRUCTIONS"

Translator: Lieutenant Colonel T. Foster

THE KING OF PRUSSIA'S MILITARY INSTRUCTION TO HIS GENERALS

ARTICLE I
Of Prussian Troops, their Excellencies and their Defects
ARTICLE II
Of the Subsistence of Troops, and of Provisions
ARTICLE III
Of Sutlers, Beer, and Brandy
ARTICLE IV
Of Dry and Green Forage
ARTICLE V
Of the Knowledge of a Country
ARTICLE VI
Of the Coup D'Oeil
ARTICLE VII
Of the Distribution of Troops
ARTICLE VIII
Of Camps
ARTICLE IX
How to secure a Camp
ARTICLE X
In what Manner and for what Reason we are to send out Detachments
ARTICLE XI
Of the Tricks and Stratagems of War
ARTICLE XII
Of Spies, how they are to be employed on every Occasion, and in what Manner we are to learn Intelligence of the enemy
ARTICLE XIII
Of certain Marks, by which the Intentions of the Enemy are to be discovered
ARTICLE XIV
Of our own Country, and that which is either neutral or hostile; of the Variety of Religions, and of the different Conduct which such Circumstances require
ARTICLE XV
Of every Kind of March, which it can be necessary for an Army to make
ARTICLE XVI
On the Precautions necessary to be taken in a Retreat against Hussars and Pandours
ARTICLE XVII
Of the Method in which the Light Prussian Troops conduct themselves when engaged with the Hussars and Pandours
ARTICLE XVIII
By what Movements on our Side the Enemy may also be obliged to move
ARTICLE XIX
Of the Crossing of Rivers
ARTICLE XX
Of the Manner in which the Passage of Rivers is to be defended
ARTICLE XXI
Of the Surprise of Towns
ARTICLE XXII
Of Combats and Battles
ARTICLE XXIII
Of the Reasons which should induce us to give Battle, and in what Manner it is to be conducted
ARTICLE XXIV
Of the Hazards and unforeseen Accidents which happen in War
ARTICLE XXV
If it be absolutely necessary that the General of an Army should hold a Council of War
ARTICLE XXVI
Of the Manoeuvres of an Army
ARTICLE XXVII
Of Winter Quarters
ARTICLE XXVIII
Of Winter Campaigns in particular



PARTICULAR INSTRUCTION OF THE KING OF PRUSSIA TO THE OFFICERS OF HIS ARMY, AND ESPECIALLY THOSE OF THE CAVALRY

ARTICLE I
Of advanced Guards
ARTICLE II
Of Patroles and Reconnoitrings
ARTICLE III
Of Night Patroles
ARTICLE IV
On the Conduct of an Officer on an advanced Post
ARTICLE V
On the Conduct of an Officer who is sent out to make Prisoners
ARTICLE VI
Of the Manner in which an Officer should attack a Body of the Enemy's heavy Cavalry
ARTICLE VII
On the Conduct of an Officer towards a Party of Hussars, of equal Strength with his own
ARTICLE VIII
On the Conduct of an Officer in and Affair of Consequence
ARTICLE IX
How an Officer ought to cover a second Line
ARTICLE X
On the Conduct of an Officer on an advanced Post, when the main Body of the Army is in Cantonments
ARTICLE XI
On the Duty of an Officer detached with twenty, thirty or forty Horse, to occupy a Village in Front, or on the Flank of an Army, whilst it is in Winter Quarters
ARTICLE XII
On the Manner in which an Officer Commanding a Party of Cavalry, should attack a Quarter that is occupied by Hussars
ARTICLE XIII
On an Attack by Night on a Quarter occupied by Hussars
ARTICLE XIV
On the Conduct of an Officer who is ordered to put a Country under Contribution
ARTICLE XV
On Alarm Posts
ARTICLE XVI
On the Military Coup D'OEil


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