Military Reconnaissance

The Eyes and Ears of the Army

Alexander Stilwell

A look at how the art of military scouting and reconnaissance has evolved from the earliest recorded military history to its use in modern warfare.
Publication date:
May 2021
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
30 black and white photos and diagrams
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ISBN : 9781612009506

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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• Covers the development of military reconnaissance and scouting from earliest times to the modern day.
Includes diagrams, maps, and a timeline

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.


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

…fills a significant gap by telling the fascinating story of the highs and lows of military reconnaissance in an entertaining and comfortably well-researched book. […] Military Reconnaissance is a welcome addition to military history and is strongly recommended.
Intelligence Expert and Author