On Tactics And Organization; Or, English Military Institutions And The Continental Systems

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byFrederic Natusch Maude

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888. Excerpt: ... CAVALRY ON THE BATTLE-FIELD. THE efficiency of an Army may be looked upon not as the sum of the efficiency of the three arms but as their product; where, therefore, there is a tendency to underrate the efficiency of one arm, the Army as a whole must suffer. The battle-field is the place on which the Army is put to its most severe test, and if it fails there, it is but a poor satisfaction to reflect on the excellent service any one particular arm might have been capable of rendering under other conditions. It is not intended in any way to underrate the importance of good Cavalry in advance of the Army: the Cavalry actions, which will necessarily precede any pitched battle, may be considered as part of the battle itself, and here Cavalry meets Cavalry, and is led by its own leaders; but on the battle-field, in commands of the three arms, it is still under the general direction of leaders, almost invariably (in England), belonging to other branches of the service, to whom its qualifications are not as well-known. It has always been a fault in the British Army, that its officers have been too much specialists, not merely of their arm, but of the branch of that arm to which they belong. The horse gunner (though his position is only temporary) differentiates himself, from his comrade in the field batteries, and the field battery man from the garrison gunner; the light Cavalry from the heavier and the light Infantry from the line; "and yet there are not three artilleries but one artillery;" so likewise the Heavy is " horse," the Lancer " horse," the Hussar "horse," and yet there are not three "horses" but one "horse "; and so we might continue to paraphrase the artillery man's creed that appeared a few months ago in the Army and Navy Gazette. To what extreme len...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888. Excerpt: ... CAVALRY ON THE BATTLE-FIELD. THE efficiency of an Army may be looked upon not as the sum of the efficiency of the three arms b...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217519970

ISBN - 13:9780217519977

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