The Cavalry General

The Cavalry General

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The Cavalry General

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case may best be carried out is a further matter, which I will now endeavour to explain.

[13] "A sort of notes and suggestions," "mementoes." Cf. "Horsemanship," iii. 1, xii. 14.

As to the men themselves--the class from which you make your pick of troopers--clearly according to the law you are bound to enrol "the ablest" you can find "in point of wealth and bodily physique"; and "if not by persuasion, then by prosecution in a court of law."[14] And for my part, I think, if legal pressure is to be applied, you should apply it in those cases where neglect to prosecute might fairly be ascribed to interested motives;[15] since if you fail to put compulsion on the greater people first, you leave a backdoor of escape at once to those of humbler means. But there will be other cases;[16] say, of young men in whom a real enthusiasm for the service may be kindled by recounting to them all the brilliant feats of knighthood; while you may disarm the opposition of their guardians by dwelling on the fact that

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I recently read Arrian’s Anabasis where the cavalry is often mentioned but never described. I wish I’d read this book first as it would have made the battle scenes even more vivid in my imagination. There are also some heartfelt passages of real feeling. You needn’t have any prior interest in the subject to get something from this book.
"The Cavalry General" is a book am about to read. My interest was taken from a book with a similar title: "The Cavalry" by James Lawford