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CHAPTER XIII.

(November 27th, 1914).

THE COMMAND OF THE AIR.

§ 85. Air Power as Affecting Combined Tactics. Some indication has been given in the preceding articles of the influence

the advent of aircraft

that

may

be

expected to have on the tactical value and employment of the other Arms of the Services more particularly

attention has been called to the changes that will almost inevitably be

the employment of

necessary in

Certain writers, basing their views too exclu-

cavalry. sively

found

on. the

experience

the

of

expressed the opinion that the broadly,

aircraft,

though of the

new means

utility as a

present

war,

have

aeroplane,

and,

more

greatest

service

and

some any material influence the older Arms, either

of reconnaissance (and, to

extent, of offence), will not have

on the

tactical

employment

of

Infantry, Cavalry, or Artillery.

author this view

is

fallacious,

least so far as developed, It

may

In the opinion of the

and the present war,

at

cannot be taken as a criterion.

be thought overbold thus to give preference to

purely theoretical deduction in place of actual experience,

but a

little

such as

consideration will

it is,

of the future.

show that the experience,

cannot be regarded as a serious indication It is

an undeniable

has, in the present war,

the positions and

been able

movements

fact that the aeroplane

to give information of

of the

enemy such

as would

have been otherwise unobtainable, and in a few cases it

has enabled points to be attacked which could not have

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