Punch,  43 (1862), 9.

A Fool on Fortifications



News-Commentary, Drollery


Military Technology, Mental Illness, Hospitals, Mapping, Instruments, Class

Institutions mentioned:

Army, Royal Navy

    The initial letter forms part of an illustration with a small, long-nosed figure peering through the eyepiece of a theodolite. The text discusses the argument, reported by Prince George (2nd Duke of Cambridge), that English soldiers consider it 'derogatory' to 'fight behind walls'. Punch thinks this argument insane, and likewise the notion that English sailors consider it demeaning to fight behind iron plates.

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