Though I'm sure this is simpler than I'm making it I've been unable to find the German original of the Carl von Clausewitz quote

Next to victory, the act of pursuit is most important in war.

I don't have access to (and can't find online) a copy of the original text.

  • Looking at the original, victory seems not to be the best translation for Schlagen; I guess combat is closer to the intention.
    – guidot
    Mar 18, 2022 at 14:03

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The original seems to be:

Das Verfolgen aber ist im Kriege nächst dem Schlagen das Wichtigste.

This isn't from "Vom Kriege" ("About War") but from a work dating in 1812: "Die wichtigsten Grundsätze des Kriegführens zur Ergänzung meines Unterrichts bei Sr. Königlichen Hoheit dem Kronprinzen" ("Principles Of War"). There is an English translation available online including a link to the German version. The quote can be found on page 229.


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