JENA TO EYLAU

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1913
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Page 74 - German ideal of a proud nation of warriors, an ideal which is bound to lose its power to attract, particularly in a prolonged peace, when even the most martial-minded see that all chances of testing their prowess are fading gradually away.
Page 73 - ... sacrifice life and property in the defence of the Fatherland ? That they should be so is an essential condition, if the fighting portion of the population is to go into the field in joyous confidence of victory. The warlike spirit must have its root in the nation if it is to flourish in the army. Then, again, there are the false apostles of to-day who condemn war as in itself reprehensible. A 1 We may quote here from an essay which, though it deals exclusively with the way in which the State...
Page ix - Schwertes. Nicht des Geistes, sondern des Schwertes Schärfe Gab dir alles, wiedererstandnes Deutschland: Ruhm und Einheit, äußere Macht und Wohlfahrt Dankst du dem Eisen! Laß die Harfen tönen von Siegsgesängen, Aber halte mitten im Jubel Wache ! Unter Lorbeerzweigen und Myrtenreisern Trage das Schlachtschwert! Denn die Zeit ist ehern, und Feinde dräun dir Wie am Hofe Etzels den Nibelungen; Selbst zur Kirche nur in den Panzerhemden Gingen die Helden.
Page 76 - ... it unconsumed for the enemy to devour. Let us be spared also the false humanitarianism which would shrink from a desperate fight and give up the attempt to escape in order to save the king his soldiers or his fair cities. The warlike spirit must not be allowed to die out among the people, neither must the love of peace get the upper hand, for all the greater would be the consternation at the moment of awakening.
Page 77 - T ang genug als Dichter und Denker priesen .•— ' Oder höhnten andre das Volk der Deutschen; Aber endlich folgten des Wortes Taten Taten des Schwertes. Nicht des Geistes, sondern des Schwertes Schärfe Gab dir alles, wiedererstandnes Deutschland ! Ruhm und Einheit, äußere Macht und Wohlfahrt Dankst du dem Eisen. Laß die Harfen tönen von...
Page 208 - ... against his assertion that he really meant at the time to fall back on Wartenburg, for one does not withdraw troops from the place to which it is one's immediate intention to march them. CHAPTER VII THE CAMPAIGN IN OLD PRUSSIA THE campaign which now began, and culminated in the battle of Eylau, is one of the sternest of the century. The horrors that it brought with it, the efforts that it exacted from man and beast, surpassed anything that this war had hitherto seen, and indeed anything that...
Page 328 - ... then. What praise Prussia reaped for her policy of neutrality which enabled the country, safe from war's alarms, to advance steadily in wealth and comfort! What enthusiasm greeted the idea of the everlasting peace which one looked to the greatest of all peace-breakers to establish ! War itself seemed likely to become milder in character. Art and science alloyed the brazen laws of its conduct. War was to be spiritualized. Henceforward not force was to decide its issue, but superior subtlety of...
Page 73 - Involuntarily the question arises, Will the spoilt multitudes, after a course of unmixed flattery, be willing to respond to the stern call to sacrifice life and property in the defence of the Fatherland ? That they should be so is an essential condition, if the fighting portion of the population is to go into the field in joyous confidence of victory. The warlike spirit must have its root in the nation if it is to flourish in the army.
Page 329 - There was not one head of cattle, no corn, no potatoes, no coin, no clothing, no linen left." 1 A year of terrible mortality followed the battle. During 1807 there were five, six, and ten times as many people buried in the country round Eylau as was usual in one year. These were the results of cosmopolitanism...
Page 71 - Present-day philosophy teaches free development of personality. Everything which stands in its way should be put aside, the barriers imposed by the State reduced to a minimum, and in accordance with this tendency the authority of officials and superiors is becoming daily more restricted.

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