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ï 12 THE SEOOND YEAR OF THE WAR
“ VILN11 SALIENT
That great attempt may be known to
history by tl1e 112111116 of tl1e Vilna salie11t. X
Distant as the operation 11ow is in time,
and loosely as it was followed 111 tl1e west,
we shall do well to 11ote it earefully, for it
was a turning po111t 111 the wl1ole history jl
of the campaign; a11d tl1e failure of tl1e
e11en1y here was followed by a whole series T
of ehanges whieh led up to the latest phase A
of bllê war.
Throughout the Polish advance tl1e
T attempt upon tl1e part of the enemy to
obtain a decision had been tl1e simple o11e 2 1
of attacking in strength with massed yr ‘
heavy artillery at two d1sta11t poi11ts, eom-
pelling a Russian retreat at eaeh of these
poi11ts, and so produeing a salient between 1
them. The salie11t onee produ eed, the next
effort was to eut off the neel; of the salient, j
to press 111 1113011 either side a11d thus en-
velop the Russian forees within tl1e bulge. _
Several sueh salients had been produced
by the enemy 111 his advance; 111 eaeh
ease he had failed to grasp the Russian
forces thus threatened above and below. l
« The attempt to capture the Russian forees
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