HomeThe second year of the warPagina 23

JPEG (Deze pagina), 499.24 KB

TIFF (Deze pagina), 4.47 MB

PDF (Volledig document), 31.54 MB

l l
THE SEOOND YEAR OE THE WAR 21 {
bombardment succeeding upon bombard- ;
ment and advance upon advance. In
E other words, there would have to be
prepared before any such offensive in the
E future, a vastly greater quantity of shell E
p than had hitherto been thought necessary.
now mo BREAK THE LINE.
Nor was it probable that the actual p
breaking of the line would follow even
j the success of such new methods. The E
front might be broken, but the line would j
re-form behind. To pierce at one or two y
‘ narrow points, such as had actually been
done at Champagne and at Loos was
useless. The enemy’s artillery upon
either flank would render the gap un-
tenable for the oifensive. The object,
therefore, of a great offensive in the future
as against equally armed forces would be i
by successive stages to wear down the E
_ opponent, create as it were a great scre
in his lines and either there or in some i
second selected place, whence he had been
compelled to draw troops, to compel his
retirement. Once that retirement should y
begin it was hoped that it could be so Y
vigorously pressed as to make it unstable,
and ultirnately ruinous.
1
{ v