The Art of Battle first came online January 2008 and was maintained by Jonathan Webb with the courteous assistance of History Net staff until 2015. Jonathan is from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In 2013, Jonathan completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and Cultural Studies & Critical Theory at McMaster University. In 2014, Jonathan completed a Master’s of Arts, majoring in International Relations and specializing in Global Political Economy, also at McMaster University. Jonathan currently works as an intelligence analyst with the Canadian Armed Forces.
If you wish to contact Jonathan, please do not hesitate to do so at jonwebb4290@hotmail.com. If you are contacting Jonathan to request permission to use the site’s animations in your classroom or lecture as a student or teacher, do not bother as the answer is yes, you may. The site’s main purpose is education, and so students and teachers are encouraged to use the site’s animations to this end.
The Art of Battle is run by the Palmer History Group, a non-profit organization based out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in August 2010 with the following objectives:
  • To produce strategic knowledge in the pursuit of real-life objectives
  • To promote the use of innovative technology in the pursuit of real-life objectives
  • To generate interest in history and academics as a whole


The decision and initiative to actually create this site in the first place had built up for awhile. I had always been captivated by the military, whether it was playing with my plastic toy soldiers as a child, reading the great commanders’ advice or poring over campaign maps in the late hours after my homework was done. Simon Goodenough’s Tactical Genius in Battle peaked my interest in the personal duel between commanders while Robert Greene’s 33 Strategies of War showed me how military strategy and tactics can be applied to real life, giving the subject real value.         

I believe that if one is truly passionate about something, one should always be passionate to share it with others so that they might appreciate it even if it is just a little bit. So one day, someone asked me to give her a lesson on the Napoleonic Wars so that she could do well in her history course. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to educate her on the strategies and tactics used by each nation at the grand strategic and tactical levels. At the end, she felt that she really understood the Napoleonic Wars militarily and historically as a whole, especially the Battles of Austerlitz and Waterloo which I had drawn up. I reasoned that if I could teach her military strategy and tactics, and enjoy it, I could and should teach others.     

However, even with an extensive knowledge of military studies, I myself found it difficult to understand what happened in a battle or campaign because of the way it was presented. At most, three still maps and massive paragraph chunks would be used to explain a fluid situation which was constantly changing and progressing. How was I to teach strategies and tactics to someone who knew nothing of such things to begin with? The only solution was to develop the method of presentation you can view now. Thank you to my late grandfather, Donald Palmer, for sparking my interest in history all those years ago.

– Jonathan Webb

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