United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 47, No. 1

United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 47, No. 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. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...him. Now, suppose we assume a group of perfectly eflicient battleships and a squad of big, strong, athletic midshipmen, and see what we should have to do to obtain an eflicient fleet and an eflicient football team. Let us take 22 ships and 22 midshipmen and assume that both ships and middies have been trained individually, but that they have never practiced maneuvering together, or playing any game together. Divide the midshipmen into two teams of eleven each, and what success would they have in playing a game of football? Needless to say, there would be no team work, no combination plays, and in place of intelligent direction of the whole there would be collisions and general confusion. They could probably be outmaneuvered and beaten by a good high school team. If ships that have never been trained together as a fleet were to fight a battle, they would have a similar experience; neither the men nor the ships can do much I. Until they have mastered the theory and all the practical fine points of the game. 2. Until they have practiced working together until they can act as a single body--as a real team--in applying all these fine points. But there is still another element of success, the most important of all, and that is the man whose brain directs the whole action. The football team must have an efficient captain and the fleet must have an efficient commander-in-chief. These are the men who train their respective teams to act as a single body. They must not only have complete knowledge of the strategy and tactics of the game, but they must train their individual units to understand and apply them. They must develop new plays and devise the signals that indicate them; and they must have rapidity of decision, inflexible determination of...show more

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  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 776g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236933125
  • 9781236933126