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Of course, our official drill-book, in spite of its struggles for compromise, cannot hide the old reductio ad absurdum. Here is its list of occasions pp. 186, 187 which demand fire-action: 1 Enemy entrenched; 2 enemy occupying “broken or intersected ground” e.g., most of England and much of Europe ; 3 enemy’s convoy marching under escort; 4 enemy occupying extended position in other words, the enemy in his normal position in all modern war ; 5 covering a retreat; 6 enabling a scattered force to concentrate with a view to “decisive mounted action”; 7 in the case of numerical inferiority in Cavalry; to which we must add 8 from p. 215 “occupying localities for defence”; 9 patrol work where combat is necessary ; and 10 from p. 229 in pursuit, where, following Bernhardi, the method is to be by fire, except in case of complete demoralization of the enemy . And yet, in the face of this exhaustive list, Cavalry are only to act by fire when the “situation imperatively demands it!” I think, perhaps, that of all the list No. 3 is the one which appeals most to the sense of humour—if it were a case for humour. It is the only unmistakable allusion to the Boer War in the whole handbook. Otherwise 319that war might never have been fought, for all the direct recognition it obtains. The idea is, I suppose, that reverses were specially associated with convoys, so that some special concession to fire is needed in that connection to lull the doubts of questioning minds. Unhappily the concession, if it is to be reconciled with the efficacy of the steel weapon at all, cannot possibly be expressed in intelligible language. Why in the world should “mounted attack” on a convoy involve abnormally “wide outflanking operations” p. 188 ? The escort, pinned more or less closely to a mass of transport, is, on the contrary, abnormally devoid of independent mobility, and abnormally open to direct attack at the will of the aggressor. And what is the meaning of this implied distinction between the “outflanking” character of a “mounted attack” and the direct character of a fire-attack? Cannot shock charges be direct, frontal? Observe the revenge which overtakes timid concession. Here is one more implicit betrayal of the steel, one more case of confusion between mobility and combat. Whether you attack the advance-guard, or rear-guard, or flank-guards of a convoy makes no difference to the weapon. If your shock charge is of any use, use it. And the bitter irony of it all is that it was in the attack upon convoys, or columns hampered by a large transport, that the Boers used the “mounted attack” with the most effect. But it was not the mounted attack meant by “Cavalry Training.” It was the rifle charge, as at Yzer Spruit, Kleinfontein, Vlakfontein, etc. Chapter XI. above . Desire drew her cloak closer, hiding the green and gold of her romance attire. They swung into the Grand Central. She let him look to her luggage as though it were his right. It was nearly as good as being married to her. Ruddy winked knowingly. He was enjoying the mystery, and prolonged the ecstasy of suspense. Pulling a packet of Wild Woodbines from his pocket, he lit one and offered one to Teddy; but Teddy shook his head. "Lulu!" "And there's the reply I was going to send, only I forgot it," said George Lambert, handing the copy of a telegram to Charles.

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