Operations of the French Navy During the Recent War with Tunis

Operations of the French Navy During the Recent War with Tunis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... and the railway e.iibaiikiueutsare the roads of this country, where wheeled vehicles an practically unknown outide of the larger towns. These embankments could have been readily utilized as formidable iutrenchinents. Toeogage Arabi in the delta would have been folly. Possessing an IouDi-te knowledge of this network of dikes and water courses, he could have avoided or sought battle at his own convenience, securing for bioiM-lf the most advantageous conditions, ami, if defeated, could have either retired to other aud similar positions, or have carried on a prolonged aud harassing guerrilla warfare, trusting to the high water ia the Nile, now rapidly rising, to flood the ground in front of the Britisb, and to defeat them by the malarial fevers which are the concomitant of the overflow. He could thus have retreated at comparative leisure, destroying all European property as he withdrew, and, if forced up the Nile Valley, leaving behind him a mass of smoking ruins to mark the site of Cairo. The French under Bonaparte in 1798 had marched from Alexandria to Damanhour and up the left bank of the western or Rosetta branch of the Nile to Cairo; but this route could only have been followed by General Wolseley after taking or turning the fortified lines at Kafr Dowar; and it was open to the further objections that along it Arabi could not be forced to tight in the open, and that a wide, deep, and swift river, almost devoid of bridges, lay between it and Cairo. The chances and probable results of a direct advance from Alexandria bad been fully considered, and even before he left London General Wolseley had determined upon his plan of campaign, which involved the use of Isiuaili i, on the Suez Canal, as a base of operations. He hoped to be able to induce...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236550382
  • 9781236550385