Military Reconnaissance

The Eyes and Ears of the Army

Alexander Stilwell

A concise look at how the art of military scouting and reconnaissance has evolved from the earliest recorded military history to its use in modern warfare
Date Published :
June 2021
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30 black and white photos and diagrams
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009506
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Covers the development of military reconnaissance and scouting from earliest times to the modern day.

Since the earliest recorded military history, scouting and reconnaissance have been key tools employed by military commanders to obtain a picture of the tactical situation and make informed decisions. Scouts known as sciritae were deployed by the Spartans and had a privileged position in their order of battle. The Spartans were so aware of the advantage their scouting operations gave them that they went to great lengths to keep them secret. As military tactics, weapons and equipment developed over the centuries, methods of scouting and reconnaissance evolved and adapted but always remained true to the spirit of the scout – light on their feet, taking only what they need and returning with the information that could turn potential defeat into victory.

Military Reconnaissance provides a concise but revealing picture of the art of military scouting and reconnaissance from the highly toned Spartan warriors, the scouts employed by Julius Caesar, through the middle ages to the Napoleonic Wars to the role of the scout in modern warfare.


Introduction; Timeline; Ancient Warfare; Medieval Warfare; Napoleonic Wars; The American Wars; The Anglo-Afghan Wars; The Matabele and Boer Wars; First World War; Second World War; The Modern Age


"Scouting is a vital part of military operations and the authors do an excellent job providing case studies both at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. The author's own service in the British Army adds the authenticity of firsthand experience to the narrative."

- Military Heritage Magazine

"If you are looking for an introduction to the evolution of military reconnaissance, the technology, and tactics employed to maximise the recce capability on the battlefield, this would be a good place to start your own recce of the subject area."

- Royal Anglian News

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