20 MAY 1882, Page 22

England on the Defensive. By Captain J. T. Barrington. (Kegan

Paul, Trench, and Co.)—Captain Barrington works out in great detail an imaginary campaign fought by an enemy on the soil of England. He supposes our Fleet to have been disabled, and a hundred and fifty thousand men, divided into two armies, landed on our coast. These are very large postulates. Has such an army, or anything like such an army, been ever transported by sea ? The Allied forces in the Crimea amounted at first to about a third of the number, and their transport required the assemblage of the very largest fleet that had ever been seen. But the preliminaries being granted, the narrative of operations is well imagined. The author takes into account the nature of our country, and describes the operations on both sides with much clearness and force.