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D Modern Warfare The Thirty Years War 1618-1648 marked the beginning of modern warfare During that conflict King Gustav II Adolph of Sweden greatly improved army organization and discipline introducing more powerful artillery and a lighter infantry musket that permitted soldiers to load and fire faster During the wars of the English Revolution 1640-1649 Oliver Cromwell raised an extremely effective fighting force by conscription Pay supplies and discipline were fixed by law and for the first time the scarlet coat became the badge of English troops D 1 The 18th and 19th Centuries In the War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714 the British commander John Churchill duke of Marlborough made good use of mobility and firepower against the armies of Louis XIV of France Frederick the Great of Prussia introduced strict discipline to maneuvers on the field of battle and won brilliant victories by using massed artillery in the Seven Years War 1756-1763 At the end of the 18th century the wars of the French Revolution produced a revolution in the conduct of warfare Revolutionary France mobilized huge armies by universal conscription and won victories by sheer human resources Napoleon Bonaparte welded this force into a sword of empire He organized the French army into corpsself-contained fast-moving and hard-hitting formations each consisting of two or three divisions of 6000 to 9000 men with its own cavalry and artillery Each corps was in effect a miniature army capable of pinning down vastly superior forces until other corps would come up and engage the enemy on the flank Trained as an artillery man Napoleon utilized massed cannons and deployed them with a skill never before seen Boldness the hallmark of the Napoleonic tactics influenced warfare for a century The American Civil War 1861-1865 was the first conflict in which the technology produced by the Industrial Revolutionrailroads the telegraph rifled weapons and armored shipswas used extensively The doctrine of total war
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