"In any garrison town on the Continent not a day passes but some pamphlet, book, or article is published on something military."
The above sentence from the introduction of the translator of this brochure serves as food for reflection. Can it be said that in its proper proportion the same is the case in this country? On the contrary, it must be admitted that this is not so; this laxity may be attributed to the smallness of the regular forces and to the lack of intelligent interest in things military by the general public, and consequently the "no demand." But although the standing armies of the country are not numerically large, this cannot be said of the armed forces of the crown, which, including the territorial army and the various organized contingents of the oversea dominions amount to the respectable figure of, 700,000 excluding the regular and irregular native troops of India and elsewhere, and consequently it would be thought that there was room for a much more extended output of military writings. Be this as it may, it is a pleasure to welcome this most interesting and instructive study, containing as it does the essence of recent military thought and tracing the evolution of modern infantry tactics from their inception until to-day. In the first place, attention is directed to the "moral factor" so particularly emphasised in this study.