Scientific American Volume 119

Scientific American Volume 119

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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. 1918-07 edition. Excerpt: ...behind the Hindenburg line before time is called by Father Christmas. We all have known that, considered individually, the Allied team was made up of better material, with a. keener temper to its courage, a finer faith in its heart, and an absolutely unconquerablc determination to win out in the end whatever the odds might bc. All that it lacked was a good captain and perfect team work, and just a. dash of fresh, young blood thrown in from the side lines to raise the spirit and temper of the team to the high pitch with which it started this great game of war, now some four years ago. Marshal Foch provided the captaincy, and our gallant young lads gave the needed inspiration to the tired but unbroken spirit of the veterans of the French and British armies. The result has been magical. When it looked as though the German mass play was going to break through, the Allies got the ball, and by a. series of team plays that have never been surpassed, surely, in the history of the great game of war, they have kept it and carried it to the German line. Of course, the great French marshal does not talk in the terms of the gridiron; but any one who is familiar with the famous works he has written on the art of war will realize that the fundamental principles upon which he works are not dissimilar to those of the successful football captain. He tells us that the general who has obtained the initiative should carefully nurse the battle along its whole front, and keep it alive until such time as he is ready for his great decisive attack. This is exactly what the Marshal is now doing; and it will be quite in accord with his principles to nurse the active oficnsive through the whole of the coming winter months, hitting the line now on this wing and now...show more

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  • Paperback | 708 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 36mm | 1,243g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236983505
  • 9781236983503