Modern tactics of the three arms: with reference to recent improvements in the arms of precision

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W. Mitchell, 1869 - Artillery drill and tactics - 322 pages
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Page 289 - ... at the same time it cannot be denied that, till required for the actual attack, the less they are exposed the better. My notion of the distance of the lines of cavalry was, as much as a cavalry horse could gallop in a minute. I would have the second line pull up at a walk when the first should...
Page 288 - In my opinion the cavalry is useful, and even safe, only by the use of very large reserves. It is essentially an offensive arm, whose efficiency depends upon its activity combined with its steadiness and good order. I think that the second rank of the cavalry, at the usual distance of close order, does not increase its activity. The rear rank does not strengthen the front rank, as the centre and rear ranks do the front rank of the infantry. The rear rank of the cavalry can augment the activity or...
Page 289 - I have already stated that the second or rear rank can augment the means of the first rank only by a movement of disorder. This is peculiarly the case if the attack should be successful. In all these cases the second rank — at a distance sufficiently great to avoid being involved in the confusion of the attack of the front rank, whether successful or otherwise — could aid in the attack, or, if necessary, cover the retreat of the cavalry as a body ; while by the absence of all impediments from...
Page 289 - As to the rank entire system, I am by no means certain that it would not always be a good thing, if on advancing to an attack, or standing in line, the rear ranks were to form a reserve at the distance...
Page 289 - ... the second line should pull up at a walk when the first charges ; the third and other lines in columns should deploy, or be used according to circumstances. " I conceive that the one-rank system would require a change, not only in the discipline, but in the organization of the cavalry. If I am not mistaken, it would render the use of cavalry in an Army much more general than it is at present.
Page 288 - The rear rank does not strengthen the front rank, as the centre and rear ranks do the front rank of the infantry. The rear rank of the cavalry can augment the activity or even the means of attack of the front rank, only by a movement of disorder.
Page 289 - Hussey) looked with a more favourable eye on the system. Depend upon it they will all come round. He wants to get off on the mezzo termine of leaving the rear rank behind. This I entirely disapprove, because the rear rank so left would have no one to command it, and cavalry depends entirely on its...
Page 132 - This changing command, although inconvenient, lasted till the times of the civil wars, when a li'!/atu*, or lieutenant-general, was appointed as permanent commandant of the legion. The offensive weapons of the hastati and principes were two barbed iron-headed javelins, one of which was hurled at the enemy on the first onslaught, while the other was retained as a defence against cavalry. The triarii had long pikes. In addition to these arms, every soldier bore a short, strong, cut-and-thrust, two-edged...
Page 289 - ... 80 or 100 yards ; when so circumstanced they would be much better able to follow up an advantage gained by, or to repel a successful attack of, the enemy on the first rank. The fact is, that the second rank is but of little use but to fall over the first.
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