Excerpt from A Study in Battle Formation
Conclusions as to a sound formation.e details of reor personal knowledge of battle formations to work from. Individual officers, however, with few exceptions, can not be fully informed of de tailed battle formation in the American Expe... ditionary Forces as revealed by a study of the mass of original documents in existence. Few officers are properly placed with sufficient time to consult these documents, which as records of actual experience are the best authority on the subject. For the rest, Col. Ardant du Picq, an au thority on the psychology of war, in his Etudes sur le (7) says nothing, especially in the trade of war, is forgotten sooner than experience. So many fine things can be done, beautiful maneuvers executed, ingenious combat methods invent-ed in the musings of the office, or on the maneuver field.
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