Narrative of a Forced Journey Through Spain and France; As a Prisoner of War, in the Years 1810-1814 Volume 3

Narrative of a Forced Journey Through Spain and France; As a Prisoner of War, in the Years 1810-1814 Volume 3

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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. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ... Cork should have works for its own protection and its maritime 'communications; but it can hardly fall within the circle of military operations. _cents Considering Dublin, then, as the point to be manozuvred on, let us examine from what quarter the enemy would have the shortest' route to that capital. It is true that the passage of the Shannon opposes a great obstacle to making progress from the west; yet the difliculty of this passage would be more than ex-_ ceeded by the greater distance and the diificulties of commencing a line of march either from the northern or southern shore. It may serve as a general rule in the attack and defence of countries, by way of illustrating such operations, to employ two mathematical figures, viz. the triangle for the attack, and the circle for the defence; the vertex of an acute-angled triangle being considered as the point to be manmuvred on, and the base as representing the frontier where the line of march commences, which may be denominated the base line__of operation, and the two sides form 'the double-line of operation. This theory may receive a practical illustration by referring to the two last Austrian wars. In all 'former wars, even. in the-long struggle' between Austria and the French Republic, Vienna was never occupied, because Vienna was not reduced to the situation of the vertex of a triangle_ Butin the last two wars it was placed in 'thisvery predicament, the base line being drawn from Strasburgh through Switzerland into Italy, and the two sides of it forming two lines of operation, coinciding at Vienna, one passing along the Danube througli Germany, the other departing from Italy through Styria and Carinthia. Thus experience has shewn us, that thi
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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236843029
  • 9781236843029