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THE SEOOND YEAR OF THE WAR 47
1 · advanced in successive waves from 70 to 1
l 150 yards apart, and that in each of these
T waves, especially in the iirst batch, a ,
I certain openness of formation existed.
i But the characteristic of all the German '
J offensives was that however maslïed by
recent developments, the formation was
still a column formation. Let me give a .
typical example drawn from an attack ;
_ which was very thoroughly noted and ‘
2 analysed for the French authorities in the
r middle of the business. 4
3 Two divisions were launehed against a A
j particular sector of the French lines.
; These two divisions numbered 18,000 to i
3 20,000 bayonets of actual combatants in
é the attack. Six regiments were the units ;
E involved, each of three battalions.
Against what front did this considerablc
force act? Against a front of no more T
than 1,500 yards.
b Each division lay in depth, one to the
N right, one to the left. In each, the 4
ä three regiments, of which caeh was com-
3 posed, stood one before the other. ln the
” foremost regiment of each, one battalion
Z of the three which composed the reginieunt
B was in the van and of each of these twe
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