The North British Review Volume 39

The North British Review Volume 39

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...instantaneous intelligence of the most distant occurrences. We shall, consequently, now be able to keep the bulk of our army in hand at a few central points of our railway system, knowing that, on the first appearance of a hostile fleet, we can launch them to the spot with the certainty of their arriving more rapidly than men can he landed from the ships. The immense carrying powers of our railways have been well tested by the two Brighton Reviews', when, in addition to accommodating without stint all the private excursion traffic of the principal holiday in the year, the Brighton Company carried 16,000 troops from London to the coast between five and eleven o'clock in the morning. This was by only one line of railway; but there are no ' points on the south coast, from the mouth of the Thames to that of the Exe, to which there are not at least two converging lines of rail; and therefore, as the private traffic would on such an occasion be wholly suspended, it is a very moderate estimate to say that the railways would enable us to pour down, between dawn and dark, 50,000 men on any menaced point; while, unlike the processes either of marching or of landing from ships, the stream would be kept up with unabating flow all through the night. Nor would it be possible for an enemy, whose movements must thus so greatly lag behind the intelligence of the tele Local Defences. 279 graphic wire and the transmission of troops by railway, to gain anything by a mere feint. We shall be able to defer the expediting of our main body till we have positive intelligence of the reality of the attempt; and the force we might think it advisable to send could be moved in an hour by our inner lines to the point which it would cost him three hours to...
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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 467g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841816
  • 9781236841810