Fore-armed: How to Build a Citizen Army (Google eBook)

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John C. Winston Company, 1916 - Armies - 187 pages
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Page 122 - The United States ought not to indulge a persuasion that, contrary to the order of human events, they will forever keep at a distance those painful appeals to arms with which the history of every other nation abounds. There is a rank due to the United States among nations which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.
Page 146 - There is a rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it ; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for war.
Page 163 - To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite...
Page 131 - ... defense, during the first stages of a war upon a mobile force shipped in from the east is to invite disaster. 21. Atlantic area. — In case of war with a first-class power on the Atlantic, that portion of our country lying between and including Maine and Virginia would undoubtedly be the primary object of an invader. While all other points along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and all points on our land frontiers would undoubtedly be in danger, the danger would be secondary to that of the North...
Page 21 - He is taught to march correctly in column, form line and march in line, but these exercises are made an incident of going to and coming from "work." The real business of his life, he learns, is to march steadily under a heavy pack, shoot straight, take cover, and obey his squad leader. The candidateofficers...
Page 139 - ... must therefore decide upon a rational distribution of our mobile forces to meet this contingency. 19. Puget Sound area. — Western Washington is bordered on the east by the steep and rugged Cascade Mountains, on the south by the Columbia River, and on the north by Juan de Fuca Strait and Canada. This corner of the United States is completely cut off from the rest of the country by great natural obstacles and presents an extensive front for attack by sea. While the maps show some twenty passes...
Page 69 - The young men will go to battle, the married men will forge arms and transport provisions, the women will make tents and clothes, and will serve in the hospitals: the children will make lint to dress the wounded ; the old men will cause themselves to be carried to the public places, to excite the courage of the warriors...
Page 117 - ENGLAND FROM THE SKY inflicting enormous damage if he attack in sufficient numerical force and is prepared to act with determination in spite of any losses he may sustain ; no reasonable superiority in the defending aircraft, either individually or numerically, can be entirely effective. Neither can we pin our faith to counter-aircraft artillery ; under the conditions in question it may prove to be almost useless. The lieutenant ended our conversation at the Flandre that afternoon with the prediction...
Page 22 - The contrast between this sort of militia training and that seen in America or England is most .marked. The psychological effect on the men is certainly important. The first conceptions of the real business of a soldier, his whole reason for existence, are apt to produce a lasting impression on a young man. In our service the recruit's first enthusiasms are concentrated (and dissipated) in the grind of barrack-yard drill, where no man need or is expected to use his head. As these same recruits, whether...
Page 131 - ... unless supported by a reasonably strong mobile force maintained in this region. To rely, for defense, during the first stages of a war upon a mobile force shipped in from the east is to invite disaster. 21. Atlantic area. — In case of war with a first-class power on the Atlantic, that portion of our country lying between and including Maine and Virginia would undoubtedly be the primary object of an invader. While all other points along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and all points on our land...

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