Fighting Instructions, 1530-1816, Volume 29

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Navy Records Society, 1905 - Great Britain - 366 pages

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Page 294 - I send you my Plan of Attack, as far as a man dare venture to guess at the very uncertain position the enemy may be found in. But, my dear friend, it is to place you perfectly at your ease respecting my intentions and to give full scope to your
Page 317 - tions are made known to him, have the entire direction of his line ; to make the attack upon the enemy, and to follow up the blow until they are captured or destroyed. If the enemy's fleet should be seen to windward in line of battle, and that the two lines and the advanced squadron can fetch them, 1
Page 313 - Plan of Attack. The business of a commander-in-chief being first to bring an enemy's fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously 1 Collingwood to Marsden, October 22. Same to Parker, November i. Same to Pasley, December
Page 319 - Some ships may not get through their exact place ; but they will always be at hand to assist their friends ; and if any are thrown round the rear of the enemy, they will effectually complete the business of twelve sail of the enemy.
Page 293 - On October 3 he writes to her again : ' The reception I met with on joining the fleet caused the sweetest sensation of my life. . . As soon as these emotions were past I laid before them the plan I had previously arranged for attacking the enemy, and it was not only my pleasure to find it generally approved, but clearly perceived and understood.'*
Page 314 - and that I am nearly ahead of them standing on the larboard tack. Of course I should weather them. The weather must be supposed to be moderate ; for if it be a gale of wind the manoeuvring of both fleets is but of little avail, and probably no decisive action would take place with the whole fleet.
Page 316 - signals necessary will be to engage the enemy on arriving up with them ; and the other ships to pass on for the second, third, &c., giving if possible a close fire into the enemy on passing, taking care to give our ships engaged notice of your intention. LORD NELSON,
Page 87 - Instructions given by the Right Honourable the Committee of the Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports, to be duly observed by all captains and officers -whatsoever and common men respectively in their fleet, provided to the glory of God, the honour and service of Parliament, and the safety of
Page 320 - sail, are to be left to the management of the commander-in-chief, who will endeavour tc take care that the movements of the second in command are as little interrupted as possible. NELSON AND BRONTE.
Page 192 - XVIII. If the admiral and his fleet have the wind of the enemy, and they have stretched themselves in a line of battle, the van of the admiral's fleet is to steer with the van of the enemy's and there to engage them.