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Field Works, Their Technical Construction and Tactical Application
Charles Booth Brackenbury
No preview available - 2018
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Page 268 - The native artillery and the militia supplied all the garrisons of the forts on the second, and most of those on the first line. The British marines occupied the third line ; the navy manned the gun-boats on the river, and aided, in various ways, the operation in the field.
Page 268 - For across the ravine on the left, a loose stone wall, sixteen feet thick and forty feet high, was raised ; and across the great valley of Aruda, a double line of abattis was drawn ; not composed, as is usual, of the limbs of trees, but of fullgrown oaks and chestnuts, dug up with all their roots and branches, .dragged, by main force, for several hundred yards, and then reset and crossed, so that no human...
Page 268 - Portuguese heavy artillery corps, the militia and ordenanc,a of Estremadura, furnished a powerful reserve to the regular army. The native gunners and the militia supplied all the garrisons of the forts on the second, and most of those on the first line ; the British marines...
Page 13 - Fire. — Fire from guns with reduced charges, and from howitzers and mortars at all angles of elevation not exceeding 15°.
Page 131 - The troops would, as a rule, live in teuts, or otherwise, outside the work, in rear, and the work need only be fully manned when attack was anticipated ; and as for such a position an outer reserve would be indispensable, this arrangement would present no difficulty. (2.) The profile is arranged so as to get rid of all dead spaces in the ditch, and to bring the material obstacle to assault under direct fire from the parapet, while effectually covering it from the enemy's artillery fire. The section...
Page ii - The exercises are thoroughly practical and not mere theoretical diagrams. The book is thoroughly adapted to the use of Volunteers, Militia, and Yeomanry, as well as regular troops, and needs nothing beyond an ordinary knowledge of drill for the full comprehension of its lessons. We are glad to congratulate him on having produced a work which cannot but add to his professional reputation as well as to the general information of the service.
Page 268 - The recruits from the depots, and the calling 'in of all the men on furlough rendered the Portuguese army stronger than it had yet been, while the British troops, reinforced from Cadiz and England, and remarkably healthy, presented such a front as a general would desire to see in a dangerous crisis.
Page 296 - ... 1. To General Prince Imeretinsky: By direction of the Commander-in-Chief, I give you and General Skobeleff the order to fortify yourselves in the position which you have taken to-day, and to hold out to the last extremity. We can send you no reinforcements, for we have none. ' (Signed) ZOTOFF, Lieutenant-General.