The Evolution of Tactics

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Hugh Rees, Limited, 1907 - Military art and science - 193 pages
Bogen beskriver udviklingen af den militære taktik. Lige fra romerske og græske taktikker frem til den amerikanske borgerkrig.

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Page 112 - I always appear prepared, it is because before entering on an undertaking, I have meditated for long and have foreseen what may occur. It is not genius which reveals to me suddenly and secretly what I should do in circumstances unexpected by others; it is thought and meditation.
Page 137 - I will lead you into the most fertile plains of the world. Rich provinces, great cities will be in your power ; there you shall find honor, fame and riches.
Page viii - Cavalry in Action in the Wars of the Future. Studies in Applied Tactics. Translated from the French by J. FORMBY, Lieut-Colonel 3rd Vol. Batt. The King's (Liverpool) Regiment. With a Preface by Lieut.-General Sir JDP FRENCH, KCB Demy 8vo. 271 pages. With 12 Maps and Plans. Price 6s. net. " Cavalry soldiers would do well to study this useful and instructive book.
Page xxvi - ... General than on the efficiency of the troops. There have been soldiers' battles, it is true, battles like Albuera and Inkermann, where the Generals gave no order, and which were won solely and entirely by the courage and endurance of the officers and men ; but soldiers' battles are only exceptionally victories. The truth of Napoleon's saying that in war ' it is the man who is wanted and not men ' is incontestable ; and his own magnificent campaigns of 1796 and 1814 are sufficient in themselves...
Page 34 - Mincius is lost in the foaming waves of the lake Benacus, and trampled, with his Scythian cavalry, the farms of Catullus and Virgil.
Page xxi - ... important changes which have taken place both great and small, are still capable of affording much instruction. It is quite otherwise with the War of the Spanish succession, as the use of fire-arms had not then so far advanced towards perfection, and cavalry still continued the most important arm. The farther we go back, the less useful becomes military history, as it gets so much the more meagre and barren of detail. The most useless of all is that of the old world.
Page xx - Gustavus Adolphus, Turenne, Eugene, and Frederick. Model yourself upon them. This is the only means of becoming a great captain, and of acquiring the secret of the art of war.
Page 180 - There is, I repeat, no more useful institution than that of dragoons, but then they must not be diverted from their right use. Their horses should be small, as I have already stated; their harness and the equipment of both men and horses should be solely calculated for the easy and rapid service of real infantry, armed with good muskets and bayonets, and well provided with ammunition. Dragoons, in fact, should be clothed and shod so as to be able to march with facility.
Page vii - THE ELEMENTS OF STRATEGY. By the late Lieut.-Colonel TOvEY, RE, Instructor in Military History, Strategy, and Tactics at the School of Military Engineering, Chatham. New Edition, revised and edited by T. MILLER MAGUIRE, MA, LL.D., Inner Temple, Barrister-at-Law. Demy 8vo. 221 pages. With 1 1 Maps and Plans.
Page xx - Tactics, evolutions, the duties and knowledge of an engineer or artillery officer, may be learned in treatises, but the science of strategy is only to be acquired by experience and by studying the campaigns of all the great captains.

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