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History of the War in the Peninsula: And in the South of France ..., Volume 2
Sir William Napier
Volledige weergave - 1851
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Pagina 179 - Son liardly be believed upon his oath, certainly not fstti^or'' upon his honour at the Old Baiky.' 1823. Lord Strangford obtained a rule to show cause why a criminal information should not be filed against the editor for a libel.
Pagina 175 - War is the condition of this world. From man to the smallest insect all are at strife, and the glory of arms, which cannot be obtained without the exercise of honour, fortitude, courage, obedience, modesty, and temperance, excites the brave man's patriotism and is a chastening corrective for the rich man's pride. It is yet no security for power. Napoleon, the greatest man of whom history makes mention — Napoleon, the most wonderful commander, the most sagacious politician, the most profound statesman,...
Pagina 413 - It is one of the most pithy, witty, soldier-like, and pleasant books in existence." United Service Journal. " The present volume is to the full as pleasant, and what is still more strange, as original as the last. Criticism would become a sinecure if many such volumes were written : all left for us is to admire and recommend.
Pagina 328 - ... with negligence, I cannot expect that British soldiers will be orderly or regular. There are two incitements to men of this description to do their duty as they ought — the fear of punishment, and the hope of reward. As for the first, it cannot be given individually ; for I believe I should find it very difficult to convict any Officer of doing this description of duty with negligence, more particularly as he is to be tried by others probably guilty of the same offence.
Pagina 51 - The English general's policy and the good discipline he maintains does us more harm than ten battles; every peasant wishes to be under his protection.
Pagina 330 - Since I have commanded the troops in this country I have always treated the French officers and soldiers who have been made prisoners with the utmost humanity and attention ; and in numerous instances I have saved their lives. The only motive which I have had for this conduct has been, that they might treat our officers and soldiers well who might fall into their hands ; and I must do the French the justice to say that they have been universally well treated, and in recent instances the wounded...
Pagina 36 - The ministers might reasonably ask how by remaining where he was he could induce Napoleon to make peace. The answer was ready. He held a commanding situation on the most vulnerable frontier of France, probably the only vulnerable one, and if he could put twenty thousand Spaniards in activity, and he could do it if he had money and was properly supported by the fleet, Bayonne the only fortress on the frontier, if it could be called a fortress, would fall to him in a short time. If he could put forty...
Pagina 408 - I must say that, after giving the fullest consideration to those operations, that I have never known an instance of a general officer who has shewn to a higher degree than he has done all the requisite qualifications to enable him to conduct great operations. He has manifested the utmost discretion and prudence in the formation of his plans, the utmost activity in perfecting his preparations to ensure success ; and finally the utmost zeal, gallantry, and science, in currying those plans and preparations...