The Elements of the Great War

The Elements of the Great War

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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: ...statement. The movements upon the French side are, of course, better known. We must, as best we may, combine these with the observed, implied, or supposed movements upon the enemy's side, and so attempt a fairly consecutive description of the action. First, then, for the line of battle in the French center. The French center consisted, as we have seen, of a new army, part of that "Mass of Maneuver " upon which the French strategical theory relies. It was first grouped about a week before it came into action at the Marne, and was given, as we know, to General Foch, whose work upon the principles of modern war had already rendered his name familiar to the enemy. General Foch had under his command the equivalent of three corps only. He had the two divisions of the 9th Corps and the two of the nth Corps, and he had a heterogeneous body composed of the admirable and famous 42nd Division, with a Moroccan Division added to it. With these six divisions alone--the equivalent, as I have said, of three corps--he had to fight his battle. There were at his disposition, it is true, two reserve divisions, the 52nd and the 60th, not part of the active formation, and kept almost throughout behind the line. He had also a division of cavalry on the right which kept up the link between himself and the 4th Army east of him. But the fighting had to be done with the six divisions which I have mentioned alone. These six divisions were spread out, counting from left to right--that is, from west to east--as follows: --The 42nd Division stood on the extreme left, next to and within hail of the extreme right of the French 5th Army. It is important for the purposes of the battle to remember what this extreme right of the 5th French Army was composed of. more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236737849
  • 9781236737847