The Encyclopedia Britannica

The Encyclopedia Britannica

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... in tracing j-f-rt (runt, fuunded on the basis of M/mtalembert's snsss- l -mated and reverse fire, b- has at least a Tabsiblo suggestion from unmerited neglect, and rendered an unxrtant service to scieaee by directing the attention of military men to means likely to create a barrier against the growing powers of the attack. The Traite de Fortijieation Sont enrame, tuivi de quatre Uemoiret fir le iflnei, by M. Mou?/, lieutenant-colonel of engineers iu the French service, published at Paris in 1S04, U the most complete work on the subject of which it treat- which has yet bee- gjven to the public. Subterranean Fortification is a branch of the art which, until recently, was wholly neglected in England, and in wiiich Jiritish engineers were far behind their brethren of the Continent. We learn from Colonel Jones's work on the Peninsular sieges that the duke of Wellington's army in Spain was without a trained sapper or miner until late in the year 1813. Iu this respect things are now changed, and in the Engineers the army has the assistance of a body of men well instructed in the duties of the treiieh, the sap, and tb( mine, though it cannot be said even now that the corps of Engineers is of sufficient strength. Nor can this corpj, as Bouic contend, be supplemented by civil labour in time of war. Discipline is the foundation upon which the whole military system rests, and the highest skill, nnlew strictly subordinated to it, will avail little in war. The undisciplined labourer, 'who, under ordinary circumtoincos would have worked with the greatest effort, would be found wore? 'han useless if forced to work on hie hnees in a sap, exposed to an enemy's...show more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 946 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 47mm | 1,651g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236601157
  • 9781236601155