A Popular History of the War from 1914 to 1918

A Popular History of the War from 1914 to 1918

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...victory against the Prussians and the Russians.) September 9 is to be.a terrible day for the 6th army. Maunoury gives the order to his 4th corps to advance if they are killed on the spot . Before such valiant and grim determination and in the face of the news received from Marwitz, Von Kluck orders a general retreat of his army. In a few hours time, on this memorable day, his troops, overcome by soldiers braver than they, and by officers more clever, are withdrawing. Maunoury, fast upon the heels of Von Kluck and his retreating army, pushes them back to Soissons. Foch, meanwhile, during these agonizing days, is face to face with the German Imperial Guard. The 9th army under Foch, like the 6th army under Maunoury, has been formed with admirable elements, chosen among the bravest soldiers of France, and has been brought up from behind during the retreat which preceeds the Battle of the Marne. This idea of strengthening the forces from the rear, while they are falling back fo_r better position, is one of the inspirations of the masterful military genius of Joffre. Its effects are now to be felt with crushing intensity by the Germans. On September 7, the Germans receive orders to redouble their attacks; Foch gives orders to redouble the resistance. On September 8, the enemy gains a slight advantage, and seizes Fere-Champenoise, on the railroad line to Paris. The following day, in no way discouraged, Foch issues his famous command: The situation is excellent. offensive be resumed. The situation is always excellent n when such a General is able to command such troops. FereChampenoise is retaken by the French. The Germans, celebrating its occupation of the day before, have, in their brutal fashion, drunk to excess. They are beating...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236821319
  • 9781236821317