The International Monthly Volume 5

The International Monthly Volume 5

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: an oflicer in the modern sense, and it will go hard with him before he can be made to see the error of his military ways and learn the drudgery of his profession. If further illustration of the extent to which marksmanship is a determining factor in action is needed, we have but to turn to our campaign in the Philippines. Here it is almost a reductio ad absurdum. Our slippery adversaries make no pretence at aiming even, to say nothing of marksmanship. It is usually a volley or two from the hip, and then a "devil take the hindmost." On our own side our men deploy, deliver a well-aimed skirmish fire, and then charge with a yell to reach only a deserted trench full of dead bodies. The Filipino guns have been for the most part as good as our own, --at the outset even better than our Springfields, --but the men behind the guns were of different quality and skill. Had the Filipinos been clever marksmen, at home with the rifle, and trained in even the elements of defensive fighting, our record of success might have been far from uninterrupted, and would certainly have been sanguinary to a frightful degree. Probably the next most important novelty among the demonstrations in the private war academy of the Veldt is the strategic value of mounted infantry. The extreme mobility of the small Boer armies enabled them to cover an immense front, to deceive the enemy as to the number and position of their forces, to choose time and point of attack as well as to refuse battle at will. It enabled the Boer to become bold and aggressive, to imperil and cut the British lines of communication, to bewilder and demoralize his initiative, and when defeated, it often made barren his enemy's victory and in almost every case ensured a safe retreat...
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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 481g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236826582
  • 9781236826589