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LIEUT.-COL. P. L. MACDOUGALL,

SUPEBINTENDENT OF STUDIES AT THE BOYAL MILITABY COLLEGE.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, LONGMANS, & ROBERTS.

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TO THE

YOUNG OFFICERS OF THE BRITISH ARMY,

IN ADitlBATION OP THEIB COURAGE AND CONSTANCY,

AND IN THE HOPE THAT THEY MAY BE INDUCED TO STUDY THE
PRINCIPLES OP THAT PBOPESSION WHICH THEY HAVE
SO NOBLY ILLUSTRATED BY THOSE QUALITIES,

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UY

A BROTHER OFFICER.

PREFACE.

In the following pages I have endeavoured to render the study of the rules, which have been framed on the campaigns of the great masters of the art of war, easy and interesting not only to the young soldier, but also to the general reader.

A perfect knowledge of the principles which it is the object of this book to explain, and of their correct application in theory, may easily be acquired by any person of average intellect. Their correct application in practice belongs to a great commander alone.

All instruction in the details of the different branches of the military art, should be based on those principles, and be subordinate to them; they afford a sure test by which to

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