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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...transport wanted from the very first--Veterinary Surgeon Coxs remarks on our usual practice--Proposal for purchasing and farming out animals--Proposal for registering horses and yearly payment to owners--Purchasing committees to be sent abroad at an early date. In a former chapter we have treated of the provision in men, in this will be considered another very important requirement, which is the provision of horses and transport animals. This has to be attended to in mobilising an army corps, for Cavalry, Artillery, Engineers, Commissariat and Transport cannot take the field efficiently unless provided with a full complement of horses and transport animals. Their breeding, shape, and action should be in strict conformity with the work for which they are intended- in some cases speed, in others power of draught, coupled with endurance, are the principal requirements. None but sound and robust animals are fitted for the severe work of a campaign, and their age should be such as will secure a fair prospect of their not becoming non-effective during the course of operations. The question of horsing the mounted branches is a very important one- it is one of those measures of preparation which should be thoroughly studied in time of peace. The following table gives the number of horses required for the various arms and services in an army corps, according to the established organisation: --Besides the horses enumerated in the above table, horses and transport animals are required for remount depots, for mounted infantry, for special service officers, for general transport at the base and on the line of communications, often even for newspaper correspondents and other persons permitted to accompany the army, all of which add considerably to the..