Reforms in the French Army. PT.1, Tr. by Capt. Home

Reforms in the French Army. PT.1, Tr. by Capt. Home

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...not be charged to army votes. However this may be, let us assume the results as they now stand. 100,000 to 120,000 men composing the permanent portion of the army, 150,000 young men capable of active service, placed each year at the disposition of the War Minister: this is the point of departure from which the army must be formed. If, therefore, on the one hand, all the men of each class are compelled to enter the army each year, and remain there the same time, and if, on the other, the effective strength of 430,000 to 460,000 men with the colours must not be exceeded, it will follow that each class can be kept only two years in the service. t The Republican Guard of Paris, numbering 5,840, one-half the cost of which is paid for by the War Office, is not included in these figures. Now, gentlemen, granting that by means of well-directed labour it were possible to instruct and give a military education to a soldier in a year or 18 months, which, for special services, is more than doubtful--It is evident--1st. That the men of each class would return to their homes at the very moment when they would be the best fitted to render good service. 2nd. That sufficient cadres would be almost impossible to form, if not formed by men other than those belonging to the contingents. 3rd. That under these conditions the army would be only a great school where young men could be trained; but would not constitute that permanent and powerfully organized force which it is desirable that this country should possess. Thus we are compelled to seek some combination that will satisfy both these demands: --1st. To have and to keep in the army men completely trained to the trade of arms. 2nd. To enrol a large number of men to whom a sufficient military instruction may be..show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563670
  • 9781236563675