The Peace of the Anglo-Saxons; To the Working Men and Their Representatives

The Peace of the Anglo-Saxons; To the Working Men and Their Representatives

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...beside which ours is as nothing. It is not necessary to give a table showing this, for it is well known. Germany, for instance, has a national army on a war-footing of 4,000,000 men, and another 4,000,000 trained men behind them if required; France, an army of 3,360,000; Austria, of 2,500,000; Russia, 3,750,000. And the change affects us this way. During our previous wars, in which our opponents had the old-fashioned limited armies, their forces were often not available for invasion in sufficient strength (being required elsewhere), even if they got the chance--such a chance as the French had when they obtained command of the Channel by the battle of Beachy Head in 1690, or when they thrice had the command of the Channel during the war of American Independence. They had not at the time got the forces ready to invade us. Again, when Napoleon marched his Boulogne army off to Bavaria and Ulm and Austerlitz, even if his fleets had won a battle in the Channel he could not have invaded us, as his available troops were elsewhere. Nowadays, however, our enemies will always have forces available, far superior to any we could put against them, to take instant advantage of any naval success, and follow it up at once by invasion and conquest. A 136 IMPERIAL ANGLO-SAXON DEFENCE small fraction of their immense national armies would suffice to conquer Britain, for we have practically nothing to put against them. So that a naval defeat in the old days might have meant a comparatively weak and doubtful invasion; but to-day it certainly will mean an overwhelming invasion and conquest. 12.--The Great Increase in Foreign Shipping. The enormous growth of late years of the foreign mercantile marine is also a very serious factor. For, thirty years ago, if a...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236972406
  • 9781236972408