General Joffre and His Battles by Raymond Recouly

General Joffre and His Battles

byRaymond Recouly

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...human race is capable of infinite compression. Our troops did not limit themselves to the defensive. From time to time they passed to the counter-attack with great spirit. They attempted to seize the Chateau of Dixmude in order to gain the bridgehead which we hold at that point. It was a dark and gloomy winter's day, such as is frequent in that region, with a thick mist and a depressing, sooty sky. Quite near us this foggy atmosphere was cleft by the forked fire of bursting shells, for here at the bridge of Dixmude the Germans were scarcely a thousand yards away. From Nieuport to Thann, from the North Sea to the Vosges, many cities have been destroyed in the course of this war. But Dixmude endured the heaviest bombardment that a town can suffer. There is not a house unstruck, not a road that has not been pitted by shells. And what pits they are! One of them measured eight yards in diameter, and three and a half yards in depth. A carriage and horses, a whole section of infantry, could be hidden in it. Indescribably melancholy, in the dismal winter twilight, are the roads and squares of the little town where the tempest of war has raged. It is an empty city, overtaken by death. When one thinks of the battle of the Yser, the violence of the attacks which the Germans renewed week after week, their unceasing efforts, their reckless sacrifice of human life, one wonders how any resistance was possible. Our battalions were hardly out of the train before they were thrown into the thick of the fighting; the country was unknown to them; their trenches, hastily contrived, were far from perfect; night and day they struggled in the mud. Yet, in spite of all, they held firm. At every point the German thrust was checked. The same qualities of endurance...

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Title:General Joffre and His BattlesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217478689

ISBN - 13:9780217478687

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