Fighting Instructions, 1530-1816

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Julian Stafford Corbett
Navy Records Society, 1905 - 366 pagini

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Pagina vi - SOCIETY desire it to be understood that they are not answerable for any opinions or observations that may appear in the Society's publications; the Editors of the several Works being alone responsible for the same.
Pagina 294 - my plan of attack, as far as a man dare venture to guess at the very uncertain position the enemy may be found in: but it is to place you perfectly at ease respecting my intentions, and to give full scope to your judgment for carrying them into effect.
Pagina 314 - The business of an English commander-in-chief being first to bring an enemy's fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself (I mean, that of laying his ships close on board those of the enemy as expeditiously as possible), and secondly, to continue them there without separating until the business is decided...
Pagina 317 - The second hi command will, after my intentions are made known to him, have the entire direction of his line, to make the attack upon the enemy, and to follow up the blow until they are captured or destroyed.
Pagina 318 - British must place themselves between the enemy and the captured and disabled British ships ; and should the enemy close, I have no fears as to the result. The second in command will in all possible things direct the movements of his line by keeping them as compact as the nature of the circumstances will admit. Captains are to look to their particular line as their rallying point. But, in case signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood, no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship...
Pagina 317 - The whole impression of the British fleet must be to overpower from two or three ships ahead of their commander-in-chief, supposed to be in the centre, to the rear of their fleet.
Pagina 315 - I should pass to leeward or windward of him. In that situation, I would make the signal to engage the Enemy to leeward, and to cut through their Fleet about the sixth Ship from the Van, passing very close; they being on a wind, and you going large, could cut their Line when you please.
Pagina 319 - ... if any are thrown round the Rear of the Enemy, they will effectually complete the business of twelve Sail of the Enemy.
Pagina 317 - Rear (or wherever he could fetch if not able to get so far advanced) ; my Line would lead through about their centre, and the Advanced Squadron to cut two or three or four Ships ahead of their Centre, so as to ensure getting at their Commanderin-Chief, on whom every effort must be made to capture.
Pagina 316 - Battle in variable winds, thick weather, and other circumstances which must occur, without such a loss of time that the opportunity would probably be lost of bringing the Enemy to Battle in such a manner as to make the business decisive, I have therefore made up my mind to keep the Fleet in that position of sailing (with the exception of the First and Second in Command) that the Order of Sailing is to be the Order of Battle...

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