An Exposition of the First Principles of Grand Military Combinations and Movements

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C. Roworth, Bell Yard, Temple Bar, 1825 - Military art and science - 160 pages
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Page 144 - Commander-inChief should select the instruments by which he works, as a selection of officers whose intelligence should second his own. "A good Staff has also the advantage of being more durable than the genius of a single man ; it may remedy many evils, and we may dare affirm, is the best safeguard of an army. Paltry party interests, narrow views, and a misplaced self-love may rise against this assertion ; it will nevertheless remain an incontrovertible truth to every thinking soldier and every...
Page 32 - ... with the right. Wurmser, upon whom these lessons are lost, desires to cover the two lines of Roveredo and Vicenza; Napoleon, after having overwhelmed and thrown the first back upon the Lavis, changes direction by the right, debouches by the gorges of the Brenta upon the left, and forces the remnant of this fine army to take refuge in Mantua, where it is finally compelled to surrender. In 1799 hostilities recommence : the French, punished for having formed two exterior lines in 1796, nevertheless,...
Page iii - British officer; to impress upon them that war is indeed a science to be studied, as well as an art to be practised ; and that something more is necessary to the formation of a commander, than mere readiness at the drill, or skill in the discipline of a regiment.
Page 46 - ... replies had failed to drive her into open resistance, it cannot be doubted that it depended on Buonaparte, by conciliatory and friendly attention, to preserve her as an ally. No external interference, or the apprehension of it, therefore, existed, to divert his attention from the affairs of Spain ; and the impartial historian, of whatever country he may be, is bound to record, that those brilliant triumphs over the French armies were obtained by the Portuguese and British, when Buonaparte was...
Page 86 - Segorbe, and a third in reserve to support either the blockading corps, or the left of the French line. " The Spanish troops commenced the action with great spirit, rapidly driving back the French piquets, and making themselves masters of Puzol with...
Page 116 - The left wing BC of the army AC will receive the fire of the second brigade of the army DKL...
Page 136 - An error of minor arrangement might possibly be pointed out in the plan he adopted of forming his lines between the works and the attacking force, by which means, the fire of the...
Page 86 - Spanish dragoons arrived within a mile and a half of the place, and its relief seemed probable, when Blake, elated with the prospect of a victory, ordered a wide movement on both flanks to prevent the retreat of the French, of which Suchet took advantage to draw together all his reserves and attack with a compact body the weakened centre of the Spaniards.
Page 136 - ... their rear, leaving the fire of the work free, and had only acted against the allies when giving the assault, would not that operation have been rendered infinitely more difficult, and even hazardous?
Page 85 - Blake, increasing his force to 30 or 35,000 men, being nearly all the veteran troops in Spain, including the corps which so gallantly fought at Albuera. The different corps and divisions were commanded by Zayas, Lardizabal, C. O'Donnel, Villa-campa, Juan Caro, Mahy, officers of distinguished merit, and the cavalry and horse artillery, were of superior i

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