r Department〃埍 of the Royal Military College of Sandhurs●t, the principle that the work of the staff▓ in the future can only

be le●arned by studying the mistakes and successes▓ of the past; that the art of war is by no m●eans conjectural, but that he▓ who knows what has b

een done can learn from th▓at teaching how to do it again and do it● better.The age of

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the “he●aven-born soldier,” a rarity even greater ▓than the black swan, was a thing of the past.▓To pitchfork


unknown or untried men into th▓e most difficult of all duties, that of wor●king the machinery that makes or mars ▓an army—its staff work—belonged to an earlie●r age than now. But another g●reat movement arose, the end of which no ▓man can foresee, save that it has saved th

e nat●ion from the dire evils of conscription▓.No really free nation ever has or ev●er will accept the fetters of compulsory se●rvice unless it feels there is a real reason ●for it.Nothing but actual invasion▓ would ever make free Englishmen accept ●conscription as a principle, tho●ugh they accepted in the long war what was a▓lmost worse.The pressgang, compulsory servi▓ce in its worst, most one-sided, and most cru●el form, was endured, but ha▓ted.But when, however, our late ally, France, ?/p>

駃rritated by the fact that our free ▓political institutions did not ●admit of our handing

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over to her tender ▓mercies men who, however ruffianly, ●had threatened the life of the Emperor Napo●leon on pol


itical grounds only, and wh●en the colonels of her army asked in● the intensity of their sycopha●ncy (for, as after316 events proved, th▓e third Napoleon had no great h▓old on the affections of his people) ▓to be led against “la perfide Albion,” the o▓ld spirit rose. The spirit of● individual help towards the national d●efence had been clearly shown as that o●f boyhood when the century was ●yet in its teens; in 1853 it had its seco●nd stage of youth; and finally in our time wa●s to grow into first adolescen●ce, and then vigorous manhood. With all h▓er pride, and its consequent self-suffici●ency, with all her natural self-res

●pect and self-belief, there i●s no nation really less military, at the ●heart of her, than Great Britain.Always a fig●hting race, it may be that this is ▓why she is reluctant to fight, ●and is therefore always unready.She b●egan the Crimean War with her us▓ual curious sort of half-reluctant enthusiasm, ▓and with an army of about the Peninsular type▓.She finished the war, the on●ly nation then prepared and anxious to figh▓t on, and, stronger than before, to ●push it to a successful termin

ation whe▓n her allies were somewhat more than ▓half-exhausted.But this very reluctance

mak●es her serious when roused.And the uncalled f▓or insult that she, of all n

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a●tions in the world, was open● to invasion at the call of French colonels ca▓lled out all that curious innate fearless▓ness of battle which has helped British soldiers▓ in many a hard-fought field to victory.Nev▓er were the English people m▓ore at peace, and more anxious to be.N●ever did they more willingly throw tha▓t feeli


ng to the winds than w●hen a body of French colonels ins▓ulted the w

hole English race. So ▓for a third time the civilian la●i

d aside his mufti and clutched the unifo

▓rm and rifle.By the middle o

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