Information in War; Its Acquisition and Transmission

 
9781235699115: Information in War; Its Acquisition and Transmission

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. 1895. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. RECONNAISSANCES. In nothing more than in war, knowledge is power. To be in a position to form his plans, a commander must know with a certain degree of accuracy the nature of the country, the situation and disposition of the enemy's forces, with a number of other important particulars. The many precautions taken by a skilful enemy with the intent of keeping his opponent from becoming acquainted with any details which refer to his position, strength, and general condition, make it imperative to resort to certain measures whereby a commander may be able to gather a somewhat definite knowledge on these heads, either by force or by stealth. The expedient most frequently adopted is to send in the direction of the enemy, or round his flanks or rear, an exploring party, and to trust to its picking up just the kind of information which is most needed. An officer or a detachment are said to effect a reconnaissance when they are sent out to ascertain certain unknown particulars, or to form from personal observation an estimate of the actual military situation at the time being. The chief element in every reconnaissance is research. To reconnoitre is to seek, and whether we seek to know the enemy's whereabouts and strength, the peculiarities and features of a tract of country, or the nature or extent of the local resources, the operation falls under the heading of a reconnaissance. It is through them that the general in command determines which are the best measures to adopt to attain the object he has in view. Reconnaissances can be divided into three distinct classes--1. Tactical reconnaissances, whether offensive or not, made to throw as much light as possible on the position, forces, and movements of the enemy. 2. Topographical reconnaissances, who...

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