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This chapter discusses strategy and tactics ought to begin with Clausewitz’s definitions of the two: tactics teaches the use of armed forces in the engagement; strategy, the use of engagements for the object of the war. It examines Henry II’s strategy through his various campaigns, including his invasions of hostile territories, use of armies for offensive and defensive land warfare, the employment of ships as support vessels for military operations, and the financing of campaigns. The king’s tactics, his decisions about how to deploy his assets at moments of direct confrontation with his enemies, are best illustrated through study of his battles and sieges. While his tactical choices remained rather constant over his long reign, his strategic vision changed as he advanced in age, and he became less belligerent and more interested in settling disputes through diplomacy.

Keywords: armed forces; Clausewitz’s definitions; defensive land warfare; diplomacy; hostile territories; strategy; tactics



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