Mobility is the first requisite of the soldier and to ensure this the infantry officer should devote as much attention to the care of the feet of the men of his unit as the cavalry officer devotes to the care of the feet of his horses. This, however, is not always the case. The European authorities allow, when unseasoned troops take the field, for 10 per cent. of incapacitation through.

The European authorities allow, when unseasoned troops take the field, for io per cent. of incapacitation through preventable foot injuries. This is almost equal to the casualties following an engagement with the enemy. More emphatically expressed; should a' million citizens spring to arms overnight," there is every reason to expect 1oo,000 of them to be on the sick-list, because of foot disorders.

According to Napoleon's dictum, "more battles are won by strength of leg than by force of arms." The military successes of Stonewall Jackson have been attributed largely to the marching capacity of his command, which officer is quoted as saying that he had rather lose two men in battle than? one man in marching. Another military leader believes that battles are won more by "sweat than slaughter." According to Wellington "an essential part of a soldier's equipment is a good pair of shoes, and—, another good pair of shoes." Another military leader is quoted saying that • getting there first with the most won battles." In the Franco-Prussian War, over thirty thousand German soldiers were incapacitated in the first few weeks on account of preventable injuries to the feet. The army which marches best, other things being equal, is the successful army." (Munson.)