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A NEW MILITARY "ARM."

naissance by cavalry has become far to0 slow to keep pace with the conditions of modern war.

So far as the author is aware, there has, up to the present, been no serious attempt to work out in complete detail the duties which can be undertaken by aircraft, of logic the types of machine which will be necessary at or to define in specification form by any process the outset to deal with the various duties so postulated. It is necessary to say at the outset, in view of the fact that if to-day existing conditions, the first great Power to be similarly equipped would require further equipment especially directed to his destruction, and so (as in the evolution of the Navy) due time have aerial destroyers and "super" destroyers, and again still faster and more for the destruction of these.

The primary function of, and basic justification for, any Arm is the execution of its duties in relation to perfect organisation based on we had a to be answered in the form of a we may in heavily-armed machines kind; thus, although it is admittedly other than its own one of the first and most important duties of cavalry to drive the enemy's cavalry out of the field, ad establish ascendency, this is actually the secondary function of the cavalry Arm; its primary function is the observation and harrying of the other Arms of the Service Again, the primary function of a fleet is neither to hold nor defeat a hostile fleet, although this, its secondary function, is universally admitted to be its first ad most important objective. Ultimately, in every case, there mu1st be some primary purpose which gives rise to the need for any kind of fighting machine, apart from its power of offence or defence against its own kind; it is this primary purpose that imparts the initial impulse and direction to its development

It is proposed forthwith to define the primary

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