The Elements of War

Thomas B. Wait, 1811 - 208 páginas

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Página viii - American militia, in the course of the late war, have, by their valor on numerous occasions, erected eternal monuments to their fame ; but the bravest of them feel and know, that the liberty of their country could not have been established by their efforts alone, however great and valuable they were. War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perseverance, by time, and by practice.
Página 47 - One the point of APPUI (A. aa) at which one flank of the body, whether small or great, is to be placed, and the other the point of FORMATION or DRESSING (D.) on which the front of the body is directed. 4. When battalions, or divisions of a battalion, come up successively into line, the outward flank of the last formed and halted body is always considered as the point of APPUI (a.) or support of the succeeding one, (d).
Página 47 - ... 2. In formations of defence the lines occupied may be curved, and following the advantages of the ground, but in those of attack the lines must be straight, otherwise the troops in advancing must inevitably fall into confusion.
Página 35 - ... oblique or direct changes of situation, which a battalion, or a more considerable corps already formed in line, may be obliged to make to the front or rear, or on a particular fixed division of the line.
Página xi - Just consequences from them : but the science oi war branches out into so many particulars; it takes in so many different parts ; there are so many reflections necessary to be made, so many circumstances and cases to be brought together ; that it is only by a continual application, grounded upon the lore of his duty, and an inclination to his profession, that any man can attain it.

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