Sunday, November 10, 2013

Input Of Baron De Gaugreben

The Canadian Historical Review published a portion of the memoirs of Baron De Gaugreben (Captain, King's Royal German Engineers also known as the King's German Legion), who entered service with the British in 1811, and served in Canada 1812-1815, entitled The Defence Of Upper Canada, dated 10 November 1815 (excerpt below):

Experience has proved that a regular cordon of strong places properly distributed on the frontiers, was the surest expedient of preserving a country from all hostiles schemes.  For these most important points are preserved by a few of our troops, in order to enable our whole force to collect in time, with a view to take advantage of any favorable moment.  But this requires discernment, presence of mind at the time of danger, activity perseverance, and intrepidity in the Commanding Officer.  Is this the case, the fortified places will admirably support the Operations of an Army against an Enemy superior in numbers, and the Engineer Officers will then be highly esteemed, admired and supported.  Therefore I conclude with the following motto:
No Genius, no Honor.)

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