The Great War: The Wavering Balance of Forces

The Great War: The Wavering Balance of Forces

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The Great War: The Wavering Balance of Forces

The Great War: The Wavering Balance of Forces

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Throughout the ages life has been a struggle. From the time when primitive man beset by constant peril sought with grovelling rites to propitiate grotesque creations of his own imagination, the human race has groped its way, blindly but instinctively, through violence and ignorance, towards light and freedom. But whenever man, escaping the malignant spell of superstition, has thrown off the crushing load of fear and has at last dared to stand erect and look Nature in the face, assurance flourished, pride usurped the place of fear, and nations, drunk with greed, arrogance, and lust of power, were borne by their own madness down the path of ruin. The present cataclysm seemed but the culminating disaster of this process.

The world war continually expanded since its scope first created amazement; it has been prolonged beyond all serious expectation. To and fro across the tortured soil of Europe rolled the fiery tide of battle. The headlong fury of the first German onslaught into France was intercepted on the eve of victory. The German hosts marshalled anew poured across Flanders towards the English Channel, but their momentum was blocked at the last moment. The Allies in their turn assailed the vital region of the Dardanelles, where success would have opened immeasurable possibilities. Twice they wavered on the very threshold of victory and fell back. With accumulated strength the Teutonic armies burst the Russian lines along the Dunajec . . .

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