The Dutch Army and the Military Revolutions, 1588-1688

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Boydell & Brewer, 2010 - 577 páginas
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The Dutch army is central to all discussions about the tactical, strategic and organisational military revolution of the early modern period, but this is the first substantial work on the subject in English. This book addresses the changes that were effected in the tactics and organisation of the Dutch armed forces between 1588 and 1688. It shows how in the first decades of this period the Dutch army was transformed from an unreliable band of mercenaries into a disciplined force that could hold its own against the might of Spain. Under the leadership of Maurits of Nassau and his cousin Willem Lodewijk a tactical revolution was achieved that had a profound impact on battle. However, the Dutch army's organisational structure remained unchanged and the Dutch Republic continued to rely on mercenaries and military entrepreneurs. It was not until the latter half of the seventeenth century that the Dutch, under William III of Orange, Captain-General of the Union, introduced revolutionary changes in military organisation and established an efficient standing army. This army withstood attacks by Louis XIV and the Dutch reforms were copied by the English. OLAF VAN NIMWEGEN has held a number of research posts in the Netherlands. He has an extensive publication record in Dutch and has published several articles on the Dutch army in English. In 2004 he was awarded the Schouwenburg Prize for an outstanding publication on Dutch military history for De Republiek der Verenigde Nederlanden als grote mogendheid (The Republic of the United Netherlands as a great power), about the role and position of the Dutch Republic in the European system of states in the period 1713 to 1756.
 

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The Organisation and Remuneration of the Dutch Army 15881648
21
The raising of companies and regiments
30
waardgelders Spanish mutineers and military
37
the difference between paper and effective
45
Company management
51
Prisoners of war
61
financing the Republics
69
The Dutch Army and the Revolution in Infantry Tactics 15921618
85
attempts to restore the Dutch armys fighting
317
The development of the new Dutch army under William III 16721688
325
The disciplining of Dutch officers
342
The birth of the Republics standing army
352
The Conduct of War 16501688
361
Sutlers
373
Siege warfare
384
The New Netherlandish fortification system
392

Dutch infantry tactics and drill
100
Cavalry and artillery
113
The campaign and the logistical organisation of the Dutch army
123
Fortifications and siege warfare
132
firetax contribution and plundering
146
Ten successful years 15901600
154
The struggle of attrition for Ostend 16011604
171
Spinola on the offensive 16051606
189
Hostilities are suspended for twelve years 16071609
196
Spinola goes on the offensive again 16211625
207
sHertogenbosch and the SpanishImperial
217
The Dutch offensive stalls 16331634
234
Conclusion
240
Besieging Dunkirk proves impossible the siege of Breda 16361637
251
Francisco de Melo goes on the offensive 16421643
266
Conclusion
286
The Dutch Army under Johan de Witt and William III 16481688
301
The appointment and quality of Dutch officers
308
The Dutch
405
War with Münster and the Second AngloDutch War 16641667
415
Conclusion
425
The buildup to the Guerre de Hollande 1669 to May 1672
433
Behind the Holland Water Line JuneSeptember 1672
442
The failed assault on Naarden and the battle of Woerden September
448
Luxembourg threatens to cross the Holland Water Line November
456
the peace treaties of Westminster
467
The Republic is Still IllEquipped
471
The siege of Grave Turennes winter campaign JulyDecember 1674
482
William IIIs unsuccessful attempt to recapture Maastricht July
493
The allied counteroffensive founders JuneDecember 1677
503
Conclusion
511
Appendices
525
Five Dutch infantry regiments mustered on various dates
532
Index of Personal Names and Institutions
559
Index of Alliances Peace Treaties Land and Sea Battles Rivers and
571
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