The Fortnightly Volume 66; V. 72

The Fortnightly Volume 66; V. 72

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... of Prussia to think," was necessarily a thing of the past. They found, and made it the basis of their discipline, that they had to develop to the full all the mental and moral qualities of a man in order that he might, under the isolated conditions involved in a modern fight, be trusted to work loyally out the orders he had received and understood. It was much more laborious for the officer but much more effective for the army. In every position in life there is always a tendency for the man in authority to save himself trouble by being merely arbitrary, by not investigating facts, by assuming that the one thing he has to do is to enforce as truth his own impressions. The French Offioers under the Empire had had a very easy time of it. The habit of such a life had penetrated into all ranks. It was much simpler, when the work of training the nation for war fell into their hands, to continue the old system; to hand over everything to the non-commissioned officers, and to support their authority. Now there is no more delicate and difficult task that falls to an officer in anyrank than that of looking after the officers and non-commissioned officers under him, so that he at one and the same time sees that authority, which is necessary to order and unity, is supported and that it is not ahused; that the system of training tends to the encouragement and help of those who are doing their hest, and only to the discouragement of those who are wilfully setting themselves against work and against the good of the Army. It is much easier to look into nothing and to support all ahuse of power as well as all right use of it. The one fatal result is that this latter spirit spreads through all ranks and saps the very roots of discipline. That that...show more

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  • Paperback | 522 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 921g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236828372
  • 9781236828378