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Preparing A Defensive Position
Now let us suppose ourselves as part of a battalion t...

Advice To Officers
A company of infantry is composed of three officers a...

The main object in placing obstacles in front of a de...

General rule for changing the elevation after hitting...

The Officers' Reserve Corps In War
In time of actual or threatened hostilities the Presi...

What The Flowers Told Martha
Martha was visiting her grandmother, who lived in th...

Final Suggestions
Don't be profane or tell questionable stories to your...

The Big Ideas Of Marches
For marches to be entirely successful three condition...

The Theory Of Attack
Decisive results are obtained only by the offensive. ...

To Load
Being in line or skirmish line at halt: 1. WITH DUMMY...

Miscellaneous Information

For convenience, military information is considered under two heads,
namely (1) that collected in time of peace by the body of army experts
in Washington called the General Staff; and (2) that obtained by troops
in the field after war has begun. The former relates to general
conditions such as the geography, resources, and military strength of
the various nations, information necessary to enable the General Staff
to act intelligently in the event of war. The latter relates to more
local and detailed conditions out on the firing line.

For a general to act intelligently he must possess information of the
position, strength, dispositions, intentions, etc., of his opponent.
This may be obtained from a number of sources--adjoining troops,
inhabitants, newspapers, letters, telegraph files, prisoners, deserters,
spies, maps, but mostly from information-gathering groups, called
reconnoitering patrols. When the available maps do not show all the
military features of the country, officers and soldiers must go on ahead
and make maps that do.

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