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Slow march to victory

3 October 2015

8:00 AM

3 October 2015

8:00 AM

From ‘The western victories’, The Spectator, 2 October 1915: As this is a war of heavy artillery, masses of slow-moving guns and ammunition have to be brought to fresh positions, and there installed with all the exacting formalities which are foreign to the handling of field-guns and horse artillery. Patience is as valuable as determination. There are times to go fast and times to go slow… If the Hohenzollern and Kaiser Wilhelm Redoubts can be captured in spite of all the lavish care on their construction which is implied in their proud names, there is no redoubt yet invented that will ultimately survive the combined assault of hurricane artillery and well-trained infantry — provided only that we go on feeding our Army with the necessary drafts. If these fail, everything may fail. There will be a fresh shortage at some future date, but a shortage of men, not of munitions.

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