Magazine article The Spectator

From the Archives: The French Way of War

Magazine article The Spectator

From the Archives: The French Way of War

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From 'The Example of France', The Spectator, 20 November 1915: France is an example to the world and to posterity of how a nation can bend itself to the work in hand, and labour with its whole body, its whole mind, and its whole soul. The more we know of the splendid details of this devotion the better. We think that we Englishmen know a good deal more of the ways of devotion than we are generally credited with, and we are learning daily in a geometrical progression. But even so, we cannot fail to help ourselves by watching and admiring the wonderful performance of a people whose circumstances brought them more quickly and more really into contact with war than we ourselves were brought...

Beyond the rampart which we defend lie the barbarians yearning to advance. …

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