Elements of Military Science

Elements of Military Science

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...are made to lie down at once, and are forbidden to rise until ordered, on pain of death. The attack on a convoy is made preferably when it is at halt and commences to park, or while it is passing a defile or a difficult bit of road. The attack is usually made by cavalry supported by infantry. They first give their attention to the escort and strive to overcome it or by attacking at different points at the same time they compel the commander to divide the escort. Having overcome the escort the train is either appropriated or destroyed if it is impossible to take away the wagons. The animals may be secured and the vehicles and supplies be burned. If the animals cannot be carried off they are shot so as to be of no further use to the enemy. (Aide-Memoire.) CHAPTER VII. ARTILLERY. The organization of artillery has already been sufficiently described, and this lecture will be confined to the tactical use of field artillery. Although the youngest of the three great arms of the service, its lineage can be traced through many centuries. It is both pleasant and instructive to trace the evolution of the almost perfect machine of to-day from that of even three centuries ago, for it indicates the progress of man in the mechanical arts. Seville, we are told, in 1247 was defended from the Moors by "cannon throwing stones," and that the Moors used heavy guns at Cordova in 1280. It is also claimed that Monk Schwartz, a Cordelier, made the first cannon in Europe in 1330. It is certain that cannon were very effective during the siege of Orleans in 1428, and at the battle of Crecy in 1346. The first cannon cast in England was by Huggel in 1543. It would certainly be very interesting to see that gun beside one of the 110-ton guns of the Benbow, which are...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236630297
  • 9781236630292