The Personal Adventures of Our Own Correspondent in Italy

The Personal Adventures of Our Own Correspondent in Italy

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...to fall out and cover that important elevation. Charles Albert was just entering the town of Volta when the sound of firing struck his ear; in an instant he was galloping to his old station, as usual in the front line, and the troops that fortunately had not moved beyond a certain distance went into place again, and the action commenced. The same grievous fault was committed by both captains; the King remained for the greater part of the day without the co-operation of his right, and Radetzky lost the use of a corps of 10,000 men, which he detached from his left for the purpose of outflanking it. The whole weight of the action fell on the left and centre of our line, and the great loss suffered by Radetzky was sustained by his right, who five times attacked, and were as often beaten off in that direction. The Piedmontese artillery, stationed on a causeway which commanded the whole country to the river side, did terrific execution. Nothing could resist its concentrated fire, and the Austrian troops refused to move in the direction where its action was most felt. Radetzky, it was said, during this critical period of the fight, was about to throw a flying bridge over the Mincio above Goito, for the purpose of passing a division which should take our victorious left in flank; and General Bava, believing this idle tale, still further weakened his force by detaching a body of men to oppose him. No such thing was attempted, nor was it probable; and far better it would have been if Bava had changed the defense of Goito into an attack on the Austrian right, and sent it reeling against the centre. The artillery, which held the causeway, had only to point its guns a little more to the right, and grave consequences must have been the result; but the...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813839
  • 9781236813831