American coastal defenses 1885-1950 by Terrance McGovern, Bolling Smith, Peter Bull

By Terrance McGovern, Bolling Smith, Peter Bull

A brand new around of fortification development started within the usa and its in another country territories within the late-19th century, which benefited from the newest know-how and the rise in America's world wide financial stature. This publication offers a concise creation to the layout, improvement and goal of yankee coastal defenses within the "modern" interval (1885-1950), a interval outlined via concrete, metal, and robust breech-loading rifles. filled with interval and modern day photos of the fortifications, and written through a number one professional, it covers the emplacements, weaponry, gear, and folks that defended their state in occasions of significant swap and uncertainty.

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12. We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbours. 13. We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country — its mountains and forests, its pitfalls and precipices, its marshes and swamps. 14. We shall be unable to turn natural advantage to account unless we make use of local guides. 15. In war, practise dissimulation, and you will succeed. Move only if there is a real advantage to be gained. 16. Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops, must be decided by circumstances.

26. Peace proposals unaccompanied by a sworn covenant indicate a plot. 27. When there is much running about and the soldiers fall into rank, it means that the critical moment has come. 28. When some are seen advancing and some retreating, it is a lure. 29. When the soldiers stand leaning on their spears, they are faint from want of food. 30. If those who are sent to draw water begin by drinking themselves, the army is suffering from thirst. 33 The Art of War, Sun Tz˘ u 31. If the enemy sees an advantage to be gained and makes no effort to secure it, the soldiers are exhausted.

The natural formation of the country is the soldier’s best ally; but a power of estimating the adversary, of controlling the forces of victory, and of shrewdly calculating difficulties, dangers and distances, constitutes the test of a great general. 22. He who knows these things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them not, nor practises them, will surely be defeated. 23. If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler’s bidding.

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