The Art and Science of War Versus the Art of Fighting

The Art and Science of War Versus the Art of Fighting

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...both all-around, quick, ready, off-hand rifle and pistol shots--the best camp training any man can possibly be given (and he cannot have too much of it)----and by ofl'-hand is meant off the target range, with its favorable factors of heat, light, wind and enforced silence. They thus had that supreme confidence in their weapons that every well-trained sharpshooter has, and which could have been gained by no other kind of training--certainly by no long and tiresome tactical drills. It was the same kind of confidence that we saw among our Jack Tar manhandlers in the old "Forest-City" so many years ago on "Tar Bucket" nights--those young fighters who at from eighteen to twenty years of age, and as mates, with their fathers as captains, had sailed the splendid clipper ships and square riggers of that period across the seas and around the world. There is no confidence like that which comes from an all-around, practical experience with the world--one's weapons of defense--and the conscious ability to handle one's self in any and every emergency and crisis when danger becomes a menace to life. York and Woodfill possessed this mental poise, horse sense and balance to an eminent degree, and they had a perfect knowledge of their weapons. This consciousness of that knowledge and their physical courage did the trick. Why not train all of our men in camp in the same way? They would simply measure up in varying degrees to their mental capacities or intelligence and physicalstrength. We could not expect to have all of them turn out Yorks and Woodfills. The writer is by no means advocating or urging the abolishment of tactics in field operations, or that any military organization should degenerate into mere mob...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746996
  • 9781236746993