Forty Years After; The Story Of The Franco-german War, 1870

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byHenry Christopher Bailey

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1914 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X La Defense Nationale On September 19th the German army closed its lines around Paris. "By the end of October," said Moltke, "I shall be shooting hares at Creisau." His calculations had not revealed to him that some of his most difficult hours were to come. By all the principles of the art of war the campaign had been decided when MacMahon was captured and Bazaine driven back on Metz. But Moltke now had to deal with an adversary who knew very little of the art of war, but understood thoroughly the right policy for a nation in arms to defend its life, "De l'audace, encore de l'audace et toujours de l'audace "--" Daring, and again daring and daring always." When the greatest of English war ministers, the elder Pitt, began to show his energy, "England has been long in labour," said Frederick the Great, "but at last she has brought forth a man." Amid the downfall of the shams and dummies of the Second Empire, France at last gave birth to a man. Leon Gambetta must rank in history not far below the great statesmen of the Revolution, Danton and Carnot. It was not his destiny to be an organizer of victory, but he had not at his command the passionate force of a renascent nation. His miracles had to be wrought with a France which had lost faith in everything, even herself. And miracles they were. The more closely we examine the course of "La Defense Nationale," the wonderful campaign of the nation in its own defence, the more we must honour the demoniac energy and the terrible will of Gambetta. There is here no place for a study of his character. He came from the Midi. When the war broke out he was a young lawyer who had made himself known by fierce denunciations of the Emperor and the Empire, in particular of the Foreign Office and the War Office, the two ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1914 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X La Defense Nationale On September 19th the German army closed its lines around Paris. "By the end of October," said Mo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217726062

ISBN - 13:9780217726061

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