The Art of Victory has 8 ratings and 2 reviews. ‘Aussie Rick’ said: Aleksandr Vasiliyevich Suvorov, Prince of Italy, Count of Rimnikskiy, Count of the Ho. The pages 3 to 19 are a discussion of Suvorov and his importance as a Pages 23 to 40 is an annotated version of his famous book – Science of Victory. Alexander Suvorov spent more than 50 years of his life on the battlefield. Suvorov penned The Science of Victory, a manual on how to do it.
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In he was created a Russian count and a count of the Holy Roman Empire ; in he was created a Russian prince.
Born in Moscow of a noble family, Suvorov was educated at home, joined the Semyonovsky Guards regiment at the age of 15, and was commissioned a lieutenant of infantry in His successes during the Russo-Polish conflict of —72 earned him a reputation as a self-willed subordinate and a boldly unorthodox tactician—a reputation that was confirmed when, inhe joined Count P.
His two successful descents on Turtukai, his brilliant defense of Hirsov, and, above all, his successful direction of the Battle of Kozludji showed him to be an incomparable commander of the field, but after he helped to suppress the Russian peasant revolt led by Yemelyan Pugachov in the same year and subsequently served in Crimeahis career seemed to founder.
A mission to Astrakhan to prepare an expedition into Persia proved abortive, and, even after he returned to a more active posting in the Caucasus inthe establishment repeatedly passed him over. His marriage to Varvara Prozorovskaya, contracted 10 years before, broke down inSuvorov refusing to recognize her child, Arkady, as his son, though he remained devoted to his daughter, Natalya. But inafter almost 15 years, he was at last promoted to the rank of general.
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O the Russo-Turkish War of —91, he successfully defended Alexandwr territory on the north shore of the Black Sea from Turkish attack. Hostile rumours circulated against him at court, and, as younger, less deserving men overtook him in rank, his embitterment deepened, and he became noticeably more eccentric.
Then, in he was recalled to crush the nationalist-revolutionary movement in Poland —which he did with ruthless efficiency. The slaughter involved in his storming of the Warsaw suburb of Praga which he justified as shortening the war and saving lives shocked Western opinion, but it earned him a reward of 7, serfs and the promotion to field marshal he victorry long coveted. Subsequently appointed commander in chief of the southern army, Suvorov set about molding it according to principles he set out in his celebrated military treatiseNauka pobezhdat Science of Victory —remarkable for its clipped, colloquial style, its novel emphasis on speed and mobility, and the use of the bayonet and accuracy of fire.
But on the accession of the emperor Paul I reigned —the old Prussian parade-ground emphasis qlexander reimposed, and, refusing to hide his opposition to it, Suvorov was dismissed. Suspected of treason, he was kept under close surveillance, but a thorough investigation produced no evidence against him, and the Emperor restored him to favour.
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But Suvorov continued to show his dislike of the way the army was being managed and soon retired again. Fiercely antirevolutionary, he responded with enthusiasm when he was recalled in February to command a Russo-Austrian army against the French in northern Italy.
A series of rapid victories April—August resulted in his capturing Milan and almost completely expelling French forces from Italy. These successes made him a hero to those opposed to the French Revolution but also aroused Austrian misgivings about Russian ambitions in the west. Suvorov had wished to invade France but was ordered across the Alps to join a Russian force under Aleksandr Rimsky-Korsakov that was being threatened by the French in Switzerland.
Fighting his way across the mountains, he reached Altdorf, only to hear that Korsakov had already been defeated and that the Austrian divisions in Switzerlandintended to support him, had retired. Surrounded by the enemy, short of ammunition and supplies, and with the first snows of winter falling, Suvorov set out to extract his army from an apparently hopeless position. Though old and sick, he succeeded in arousing his starving and dispirited troops, broke out to reach Glarusand, repulsing a pursuing French force, succeeded in escaping with three quarters of his men, achieving one of the most remarkable exploits in the annals of war.
Though disillusioned with the Austrians, Suvorov still envisaged fighting another campaign, but in Januaryhaving been promoted to the unprecedented rank of generalissimo, he was recalled. He arrived at St. He died a few months later.
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