History of Friedrich the Second, Called Frederick the Great - Vol. 4

History of Friedrich the Second, Called Frederick the Great - Vol. 4

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History of Friedrich the Second, Called Frederick the Great - Vol. 4

History of Friedrich the Second, Called Frederick the Great - Vol. 4

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BATTLE being once seen to be inevitable, it was Friedrich's plan not to wait for it, but to give it. Thanks to Friedrich Wilhelm and himself; there is no Army, nor ever was any, in such continual preparation. Military people say, "Some Countries take six months, some twelve, to get in motion for war: but in three weeks Prussia can be across the marches, and upon the throat of its enemy." Which is an immense advantage to little Prussia among its big neighbours. "Some Countries have a longer sword than Prussia; but none can unsheathe it so soon:"--we hope, too, it is moderately sharp, when wielded by a deft hand.

The French, as was intimated, are in great vigour, this Year; thoroughly provoked; and especially since Friedrich sent his Rothenburg among them, have been doing their very utmost. Their main effort is in the Netherlands, at present;--and indeed, as happened, continues all through this War to be, They by no means intend, or ever did, to neglect Teutschland; yet it turns out, they have pretty much done with their fighting there. And next Year, driven or led by accidents of various kinds, they quit it altogether; and turning their whole strength upon the Netherlands and Italy, chiefly on the Netherlands, leave Friedrich, much to his astonishment, with the German War hanging wholly round his neck, and take no charge of it farther! In which, to Friedrich's Biographers, there is this inestimable benefit. if far the reverse to Friedrich's self: That we shall soon have done with the French. then; with them and with so much else; and may, in time coming, for most part, leave their huge . . .

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