Frightfulness in retreat.
I.--Frightfulness in retreat, pp. 5-26 PDF (5.5 MB)
I.-Frightfulness in Retreat. d" N the course of these last months," writes the military correspondent of the German Lokalanzeiger on March i8, I9I7, " great stretches of French territory have been turned by us into a dead country. It varies in width from IO to I2 or iS kilometres (6-to 71 or 8 miles), and extends along the whole of our new position, presenting a terrible barrier of desolation to any enemy hardy enough to advance against our new lines. No village or farm was left standing on this glacis, no road was left passable, no railway-track or embankment was left in being. Where once were woods there are gaunt rows of stumps; the wells have been blown up, wires, cables, and pipe- lines destroyed. In front of our new positions runs, like a gigantic ribbon, an empire of death." The writer claims to be an eye-witness of what he descnbes; he made a tour of the devastated zone a fortnight before the retirement began, having been " taken into confidence," as he informs his readers, " by the IHigh German Command." It was they, no doubt, who inspired bhi to dwell so gloatingly upon the " empire of death" which they had made; it was the only consolation they had to offer the German people for a strategic movement alien to the tradition of the Prussian military power and damaging to its prestige. It is a poor consolation
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