Tales of the Wars; To Which Is Prefixed, a Memoir of the Early Life and Services of William the Fourth, with an Authentic Portrait of His Majesty Volume 1

Tales of the Wars; To Which Is Prefixed, a Memoir of the Early Life and Services of William the Fourth, with an Authentic Portrait of His Majesty Volume 1

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...were charged, the whole were to halt, and face outwards on every side. When they were themselves to charge, the three front ranks were to break off and form the column 0 fattack, tars. those in rear remaining behind, still in galloped round the flamiflgw-Ills of Steel; square, but three deep only, to constitute' the reserve. Napoleon had no fears for the result, if the infantry were steady; his only apprehension was that his soldiers, accustomed to charge, would yield to their impetuosity too soon, and would not be brought to the immovable firmness which this species of warfare required. Mourad Bey no sooner ereeived the lateral movement of the reach army, than, with a promptitude of decision worthy of a skilful general, be resolved to attack the columns while in the act of completing it. An extraordinary movement was immediately observed in the Mamelukc line, and speedily 7000 horsemen detached themselves from theremainder of the army, and bore down upon the French columns. It was a terrible sight, capable of daunting the bravest troops, when this immense body of cavalry approached at full gallop the squares of infantry. The horsemen, admirably mounted, and magnificently dressed, rent the air with cries. The glitter of spears and scymitars dazzled the sight, while the earth groaned under the repeated and increasing thunder of their feet. The soldiers, impressed, but not panic-struck, by the sight, stood firm, and anxiously waited, with their pieces ready, the order to fire. Desaix's division being entangled in a wood of palm-trees, was not completely formed when the swiftest of the Mamelukes came upon them; they were in consequence partially broken, and thirty or forty of the bravest of the assailants penetrated, and died in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236946391
  • 9781236946393