Proceedings Volume 18, PT. 4

Proceedings Volume 18, PT. 4

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...European waters in time to frustrate the combinations of Napoleon. This it was, too, that determined the tactics at Trafalgar--tactics theoretically faulty in some respects, but justified in his hands, as Captain Mahan says, "as well by the urgency of the case as by the results." This, according to our "Student," is the first great lesson of Trafalgar--the lesson that even the most consummate naval genius cannot dispense with--patient and prolonged study of the "strategic requirements of the campaign and the tactical requirements of the battle." The second lesson is that the sea-trained fleet, although inferior, defeated and crushed the harbor-trained fleet, superior as it was in number and size of ships, in armament and weight of metal, and in the numbers of men engaged. Here, again, we may cite the impartial authority of Captain Mahan. The French officers were highly trained in all but the one thing that makes the seaman--namely, constant experience and exercise at sea. This was the training that Nelson's officers got, and they got very little else. Nevertheless, Captain Mahan attributes the victory of Trafalgar quite as much to "the very superior character of the British personnel" as to the superior strategic position occupied by the British fleets. "Continually cruising, not singly, but in squadrons more or less numerous, the ships were ever on the drill ground--nay, on the battlefield--experiencing all the varying phases impressed upon it by the changes of the ocean. Thus practiced and hardened into perfect machines, though inferior in numbers, they were continually superior in force and 'mobility to their opponents.'" This is the true training of the naval officer. He cannot be more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236749804
  • 9781236749802