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W. i 32 THE SEOOND YEAR OE THE WAR I
Q that it would be if not impossible, at any
ä l rate, the cause of quite immoderate delay.
§ We know from a hundred offlcially­
Q inspired articles in the German Press,
from the whole tone of their neutral
propaganda, and indeed from their mili-
tary dispositions, that the enemy’s Higher
Command regarded the Russian army as
incapalole of serious offensiye action for
at least a year-that is, throughout all
‘ useful months of 1916. _
eniiimiv Prins nv ocromin.
One may sum up and say that the
i enemy in this turning point, the month
of October, 1915, looked upon the whole
field oféwar somewhat as follows:
He knew that in the long run newly-
equipped armies and newly-raised millions
would bring the balance at least even, i
but he thought that the delay would be
prolonged by at least a year; in the
case of Russia by more than a year. He
proposed so to act as, ürst, to bring in
further effectives in alliance with his own ;
in other words, to undertake a campaign
which, though it might be called purely
. political and should subserve no directly