American Rifleman Volume 60

American Rifleman Volume 60

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...asks the Seventh Regiment Gazette. The men who have been to Plattsburg have learned the elementals of military training and know the mechanism of drill, but a million such men are not an anmy and would be of almost no value in a sudden crisis. If it is desired to create an army the first thing necessary is organization. That must 'be had before the training can begin and it cannot be effected in a minute. It is just as necessary with a body of men with a little training as it is with men of none. When the volunteers assemble they must first The divided into companies, battalions, regiments, etc., and all the ofiicers of the various grades appointed and this regardless of their previous training. They must be uniformed and equipped. The so-called Plattsburg graduates must go through this process and when it is completed will be ready to be trained and welded into a solid unit. Vith this completed the untrained recruits, under stress of war, could be brought to the efficiency of the Plattsburg men in not more than two weeks longer than the latter would require to rea-ch the same condition. Now, what is the case with the National Guard? They are all organized, companies, battalions and regiments are already formed, ofiicered and equipped and have been trained as units. On a call they would be ready at once to take the field to begin the hardening process which is practically t-he only requirement to fit them for a campaign. In case of a sudden attack they could be concentrated and used at once before the other men could even be gotten together and the process of organization begun. The Guard, therefore, is from any point of view a much stronger reliance in case of trouble than any number of Plattsburgers and should receive more...show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 739g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927168
  • 9781236927163