Little History of the Great War

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byHenri Vast

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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.1920 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII RETROSPECTIVE PREPARATION (1915-1916) The struggle in trench warfare and equipment.--The war on the French front takes on a new aspect as a result of the battle of the Yser. The Germans, having missed their massed attack, wish at least to hold firmly the invaded territory. They substitute for the war in men, the war in equipment; for the war of manoeuvre, the war of stability. From this time on, they bury themselves in caves and rock quarries, as for example on the slopes of the Aisne. Elsewhere they dig trenches in numerous parallel lines, bound together by winding communicating trenches, the trenches in front being defended by barbed wire entanglements. They conceal with the utmost care the outlooks of their observers and the shelters of reinforced concrete in which is their heavy artillery. They build, as deep as twenty meters under the surface, chambers for the commanders and galleries intended for the companies of the guard. The allied troops, too, are obliged to dig in the earth, to bury themselves in deep shelters, where there is often standing water which cannot be drained and which has to be covered by laying corrugated sheet iron on logs. This, for the allied troops, is a new apprenticeship which they master with difficulty, so great is their certitude that they will not be attacked. Since the battle of the Marne, they underestimate the bravery of the enemy and his means of defense. Retrospective preparation.--The superiority of the Germans was still more marked in the domain of war material. For forty-four years, they had not ceased to perfect their engines of destruction and to accumulate enormous reserves in their arsenals. In France, everything had to be created, and, at all cost, it was necessary to make up for lost time. This re...

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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.1920 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII RETROSPECTIVE PREPARATION (1915-1916) The struggle in trench warfare and equipment.--The war on the French front ta...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217507883

ISBN - 13:9780217507882

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