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AUXILIARY TO TACTICAL OPERATIONS.

AUXILIARY TO TACTICAL OPERATIONS &9 manently attached to the independent cavalry, case of the supports representing the other two Arms of the Service. Under these circumstances the command as in the of the combined force would remain, as at present, with the cavalry leader.

(September 18th, 1914)

10. The Atroplane Operations. The aeroplane in its employment in connec- tion with tactical operations finds itself under conditions entirely different from those discussed in the preceding section its duties are of a more varied character, and involve flying at lower altitudes than are security. It is likely to be almost continuously under fire, and, according to some of the experiences of the present war, it has almost as much to fear in this respect from its friends as its foes. Whereas the strategic reconnaissance machine is able to perform all its most useful work at high altitude, and avoid as far as tion of, Auxiliary to Tactical as an compatible with possible the atten or actual contact with, the enemy, and evade pursnit by flight; the tactical machine (acting under the divisional command), whether engaged in local recon naissance or in locating duties, must be prepared and, in brief, to interfere hostile aeroplane service the instructions will undoubtedly be to make the aircraft of the enemy the first objective

It is more than probable that it is in connection with the varied duties which in the future must fall to the directing gun-fire, at once to tackle the enemy, much as or in other or possible with the Under certain circumstances as Fourth Arm in its tactical usage, that differentiation of type and specialisation will eventually become the most marked direction of specialisation has taken place. It is true the different machines in service vary considerably, and those responsible for the construction and specification of

At present practically attempt in the

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