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Page 229 - Day to the French and American Soldiers of the Fourth Army "We may be attacked at any moment. You all know that a defensive battle was never engaged under more favorable conditions. We are awake and on our guard.
Page 98 - At the moment of engaging a battle on which the fate of the country hangs it is necessary to remind every one that the time has passed for looking backward. Every effort must be made to attack and to drive back the enemy. The hour has come to advance at any cost, and to die where you stand rather than give way. In the present circumstances no weakness can be tolerated.
Page 210 - His plan was skilful from a political as well as from a military point of view.
Page 40 - A lost battle is a battle which one believes lost; in a material sense no battle can be lost.
Page 244 - Rheims, but on the 2gth one of these pivots was rudely shaken by General Mangin. On the ist of August the Allied armies renewed their attack, with the object of throwing the mass of the enemy's forces back to the Vesle, and Mangin's army, reinforced by British troops, carried the villages of Grand-Rosoy, Beugneux, and Hartennes. The Germans were obliged to evacuate Soissons, as it was in imminent danger, and on the 2d of August, at six o'clock in the evening, the chasseurs of General Vuillemot mule...
Page 100 - The disposition of forces to be effected on the evening of the sth of September will be: (a) All the forces at the disposal of the sixth army (Maunoury), northeast of Meaux, must be ready to cross the Ourcq between Lizy-sur-Ourcq and May-enMultien, in the general direction of Chateau-Thierry.
Page 40 - If defeat comes from moral causes, victory may come from moral causes also, and one may say : " A battle won is a battle we will not acknowledge to be lost.
Page 38 - There are many good generals in Europe, but they see too many things; as for me I see only one: masses. I seek to destroy them, knowing well that the accessories will then fall back of their own accord.
Page 40 - Neither one side nor the other knows, when they withdraw, what its own losses have been nor how heavy those of the opposing force, therefore, it is not on account of material damage, still less from any possible computation of figures, that the losers give up the struggle.