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A NEW MILITARY "ARM."


men, would it have proved of any real utility? is unnecessary. It may be reasonably argued that the capital value of an being above comparison is unfair; granting this objection, the position is not seriously altered, the equivalent force would be quite unperceived and be of no the German army of to-day

If, then, instead of the present moment being that of the introduction of the aeroplane (and dirigible), it had chanced to be the moment when mounted men were Auswer aeroplane, with pilot and observer, cavalryman, the so much greater than that of tangible service to trial for the first time as a fighting force, and put on presuming the initial trial to have been made on a similarly modest scale, the mounted men speaking, have proved a failure, and no one, not possess- ed of exceptional intuition the least conception of the possibilities of cavalry when numerically sufficient, boldly handled in masses and with appropriate supports. The foregoing does not constitute Ahat the air service is in the future destined important cavalry of to-day, although this is in effect the belief of the present author. Clearly, if we may judge from the scale of preparation which obtains, it is far from being the accepted view, in this country at least. The difficulty in connection with the present subject is that in order to get the future into true

able to look forward along two parallel lines of develop ment-i.e., to visualise the improvement of aircraft possible in the near future as a matter of engineering development, and simultaneously to form a live conception of what this improvement and evolution will open up in the potentialities of the machine as an The author does not wish it to be supposed that he is would, relatively foresight, would have had or a demonstration o become as auxiliary to an army in the field as the an perspective, it is necessary to be instrument of war 3