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Page 31 - ... the speakers who have preceded me in the importance of tablets of this kind, it reminds us impressively of the men who have stood for right and men who have labored in the right. Over the portals of the college of war, where Ferdinand Foch was once a student, is this inscription: " May this building remain standing until the ant has drunk all the waves of the sea, and the porpoise has crawled around the world.
Page 85 - The Gauls were not conquered by the Roman legions, but by Caesar. It was not before the Carthaginian soldiers that Rome was made to tremble, but before Hannibal. It was not the Macedonian phalanx which penetrated to India, but Alexander. It was not the French Army which reached the Weser and the Inn, it was Turenne. Prussia was not defended for seven years against the three most formidable European Powers by the Prussian soldiers, but by Frederick the Great.
Page 122 - I feel it my duty to remind you that it is no longer the time to look behind. We have but one business on hand — to attack and repel the enemy. An army which can no longer advance will at all costs hold the ground it has won, and allow itself to be slain where it stands rather than give way.
Page 122 - If they are trying to throw us back with such fury, that means things are going badly for them elsewhere and they are seeking compensation.
Page 125 - My center gives way. My right recedes. The situation is excellent. I shall attack.
Page 69 - And on the 3 1st of October, 1895, he was made associate professor of military history, strategy, and applied tactics, at the Superior School of War. He had then just entered upon his fortyfifth year; and the thoroughness of his training was beginning to make itself felt at military headquarters. VIII THE SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF WAR AFTER a year's service as associate professor of military history, strategy, and applied tactics at the Superior School of...
Page 16 - I am a student of history, of biography, but not ... of war. I have had no first-hand knowledge of the great commander. I re-tell what I have been privileged to read about him. in my own way and with such comments as I might make in talking these things over with a friend.
Page 77 - His mind was trained through so many years of study that no war situation could disturb him. In the most difficult ones, he quickly pointed out the goal to be reached and the means to employ, and each one of us felt that it must be right.
Page 155 - No man is more modest, more simple. Above the indomitable energy which characterizes him there is a sad tenderness, a grand melancholy. "I seem again to see him going, alone, to the church at Cassel, when it was deserted, there to meditate on his task and to seek comfort for the great grief of which he never spoke.