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The Difference Between Strategy And Tactics

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual

Strategy is generalship in its broadest conception. A strategist

conceives and projects campaigns. He determines where armies and navies

are to be sent. He is not concerned with the handling or manoeuvers of

armies and fleets. He turns over those details to tacticians. He is the

master mind, far removed, generally, from the battle line, who picks up

an army or fleet here, and puts it there.

Tactics is the act and science of disposing (arranging) armies and

fleets in order for battle. A tactical commander (tactician) solves

local details.

Strategy pertains to conception, to policy; tactics, to technique.

The great General Staff in Washington inaugurates the problems to be

solved (strategy), and details commanders (tacticians) to solve them.