* Second edition of A Study of Naval Combat.
Properly speaking, this is not a book of "Tactics"; it is rather a collection of thoughts concerning battle that I have endeavored to deduce from actual occurrences. Yet the title is justified by the fact that tactics is intimately connected with battle, of which it is merely an auxiliary.
This connection has not always existed. There was a period when people fought without other rule than to hurl themselves into the fray and strike out on all sides. Those times have passed: the need was early felt of co-ordinating efforts and of striking truly without ceasing to strike hard. The time for reverting to the heroic traditions of the middle ages does not seem to have come, and we have difficulty in imagining armored squadrons charging the enemy like a troop of bisons.