The Quarterly Review Volume 3

The Quarterly Review Volume 3

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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. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...of Nelson and Bronte to prevent them. He had previously arranged his plan of attack. The confidence which he felt in his officers appears strikingly in the manner with which he prefaced it; the business of a Commander in Chief, he aid, being to lay his ships close on board the enemy as expeditiously as possible, and to continue them there till the business was concluded. Knowing his object to be that of a close and decisive action, his admirals and captains would supply any deficiency of signals, and act accordingly. The order of sailing was to be the order of battle, the fleet in two lines of sixteen ships, with an advanced squadron of eight, the fastest sailing two deckers. The second in command, having the entire direction of his line, was to break through the enemy--about the twelfth ship from the rear, he would lead through the centre, and the advanced squadron was to cut off three or four a-head of the centre. They were so to proportion this to the strength of the enemy, that they should always be, one-fourth superior to those whom they cut off. The only difference from this plan on the day of action was, that the fleet bore up by signal in two columns. The British force consisted of 27 sail of of the line; the enemy's of 33, and their superiority was greater to size and weight of metal than in numbers--4,000 troops were on board, and the best riflemen who could be selected were dispersed through the fleet. Many of them were Tyrolese. It is painful to hear of the Tyrolese and the Spaniards shedding their blood iu the cause of France, and then to remember the present situation of Spain and the Tyrol. The plan of defence was as original as that of attack, they were formed in a double line, every alternate ship being about a cable's length to...show more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499506
  • 9781236499509