The Gun, RAM, and Torpedo, Manoeuvres and Tactics of a Naval Battle in the Present Day

The Gun, RAM, and Torpedo, Manoeuvres and Tactics of a Naval Battle in the Present Day

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...it is sufficient to convince us that, if a large shell were to burst in the battery, the crew of that battery would be neither able nor willing to stand to their guns. It is ridiculous to talk, as is often done, of the steadfastness of Englishmen. Without any wish to depreciate the stern pluck of our countrymen, proved in many a hard fought battle, the absurd exaltation of it is dangerous; and our men, the same as men of any other nation, will fly from bursting shell. I believe that a 700 or even a 300 pound shell, exploding in a ship's battery, would render that ship practically " hors de combat." Of the effect on a ship's side, iron or wood, we may speak more confidently; and a very slight reference to the records of target experiments shows that such a shell bursting in or near the water-line, would dangerously alter the ship's trim, even if it did not immediately send her to the bottom. This very radical difference in the conditions of naval war now, and of naval war at the beginning of the century, points out, more almost than anything else, the absolute necessity for naval officers to have such a knowledge of tactics as may preserve them from letting their ships be put into a position of certain destruction. The extreme difference in our present ships, in steam, in armour, in guns, in power of ramming, in the use of torpedoes, necessarily involves an extreme difference in the manner in which tactical problems have to be solved; but the differences all join to enforce, with many times multiplied meaning, the one great tactical principle of overpowering concentration on a selected point, as the essential condition of successful attack or defence. But even in the application of this principle, and in the study of naval...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927982
  • 9781236927989