Germany in Defeat; A Strategic History of the War Volume 1

Germany in Defeat; A Strategic History of the War Volume 1

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...the fortress, which was already sufficiently garrisoned by Belgian troops. Namur had been under attack since the 20th of August; and on the 22nd, when the battle of Charleroi began, a couple of forts had already been reduced. So it is worthy of remark here that the length of its resistance did not matter to the French Staff, who meant to entrap the Germans there, and also that the Germans only attacked it on the day they did because they fully believed it to be held by French troops. The composition of the Larenzac army, like that of the other French armies, was very heterogeneous; but it was still more so than any of the others, as it contained a high percentage of African troops--Arabs, Moors, and negroes. It was altogether the strongest army on the whole line, as it contained four infantry corps of the first line, besides the African divisions and the magnificent cavalry corps (three divisions) of General Sordet. It is true that this corps had been on the move since the 6th of August, and was considerably fatigued after its exertions at Dinant, along the right bank of the Meuse, and on the north bank of the Sambre at Gembloux, Luttre, and other localities. Its toll of casualties was already heavy, but as it fell back before the German columns marching on Charleroi and Thuin it was still full of fight, and was able to do splendid service on the 23rd and 24th, as we shall see. There were also reservists (three divisions), less good, but full of enthusiasm and anxious to meet the foe. With such an army, and the support of the British on his left, General Joffre felt that he ought to win the victory. This victory would have been his if the command of the 5th French army had been placed in better hands. General Larenzac, its commander, was a...
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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672054
  • 9781236672056