The Service of Security and Information by Arthur Lockwood WagnerThe Service of Security and Information by Arthur Lockwood Wagner

The Service of Security and Information

byArthur Lockwood Wagner

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...and exciting their sentinels to such a degree that they fancy a foe in every shadow, and imagine a hostile attack in every rustling leaf. The method of operating with a harassing patrol will depend upon circumstances, but in every case the attack should be of the nature of a surprise. If the patrol is small, the enemy's sentinels should be shot down or captured in a noisy rush. If the patrol is large, the attack should be made upon the enemy's pickets; the object being the creation of alarm and the infliction of loss rather than the capture of prisoners. If many small harassing patrols are employed, strong patrols should be sent out, from time to time, to make vigorous attacks on tKe pickets; as the enemy would otherwise find it sufficient merely to redouble the vigilance of his sentinels and patrol to the front. The method of attack should be continually changed, and the point selected, the size of the assailing force, and the hour of attack should all be variable. Jackson's defense of New Orleans furnishes an illustration of the effective use that may be made of harassing patrols. Between the night battle of December 23, 1814, and Pakenham's defeat sixteen days later, the British were incessantly annoyed by small parties of Americans..."The plain between the two hostile camps was alive day and night with small parties of foot and horse, wandering to and fro in pursuit of adventure, on the trail of reconnoiterers, stragglers, and outpost sentinels. After a while there grew up a regular science in the conduct of these modes of vexing, annoying, and weakening the enemy. It was as follows: A small number of each corps, being permitted to leave the lines, would start from their position, and all converge to a central point in front of the...
Title:The Service of Security and InformationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217370985

ISBN - 13:9780217370981