In a few short years he revolutionized, not the strategy or tactics
of sea-warfare, but the very conception of victory itself.
But Stremov, who had felt stung to the quick at the last sitting, had, on the reception of the commission's report, resorted to tactics
which Alexey Alexandrovitch had not anticipated.
The latter conducted himself like a past-master in the art of flattery: he admired all Monk's tactics
, and the ordering of his camp, he joked very pleasantly upon the circumvallations of Lambert's camp, who had, he said, very uselessly given himself the trouble to inclose a camp for twenty thousand men, whilst an acre of ground would have been quite sufficient for the corporal and fifty guards who would perhaps remain faithful to him.
Security against defeat implies defensive tactics
; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.
First of all the horse, for at that time the strength and excellence of the army depended on the horse, for as to the heavy-armed foot they were useless without proper discipline; but the art of tactics
was not known to the ancients, for which reason their strength lay in their horse: but when cities grew larger, and they depended more on their foot, greater numbers partook of the freedom of the city; for which reason what we call republics were formerly called democracies.
For a week Wingrave pursued the same tactics
, and at the end of that time he had made twenty thousand dollars.
(Charles was anxious to fasten the scandal on Germany.) Then, changing his tactics
, he said roughly: "I suppose you realize that you are your sister's protector?"
I have had some opportunities of studying the conditions under which Nietzsche is read in Germany, France, and England, and I have found that, in each of these countries, students of his philosophy, as if actuated by precisely similar motives and desires, and misled by the same mistaken tactics
on the part of most publishers, all proceed in the same happy-go- lucky style when "taking him up." They have had it said to them that he wrote without any system, and they very naturally conclude that it does not matter in the least whether they begin with his first, third, or last book, provided they can obtain a few vague ideas as to what his leading and most sensational principles were.
Again, as on the preceding day, I had recourse to earthly tactics
, and swinging my right fist full upon the point of his chin I followed it with a smashing left to the pit of his stomach.
And although a complete proof of this latter cannot be shown, nevertheless there was some evidence of it at the battle of Ravenna, when the Spanish infantry were confronted by German battalions, who follow the same tactics
as the Swiss; when the Spaniards, by agility of body and with the aid of their shields, got in under the pikes of the Germans and stood out of danger, able to attack, while the Germans stood helpless, and, if the cavalry had not dashed up, all would have been over with them.
And all these proposals, based on strategics and tactics
, contradict each other.
It's the exact knowledge they have as to our dispositions, our most secret and sudden change of tactics
. We've suffered enough, Ambrose, in this country from civil spies--the Government are to blame for that.