On Miracles and Mistakes
Brian E. Denton

It didn’t seem likely that Kutuzov’s 40,000 soldiers could sneak off in another direction without being noticed by Napoleon. I concluded that Napoleon wasn’t really so much more perspicacious than Murat, he just had access to more reconnaissance information.

(Bonaparte quoted by Virilio: Napoleon expresses it clearly: “Aptitude 
for war is aptitude for movement,” and he specifies that one must 
evaluate the strength of the army “as in mechanics, by its mass 
multiplied by its speed.” )

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