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THE SEOOND YEAR OF THE WA.]? 51
d and the conclusion of his power. It is
LG that error which has marked suceessive
ly eampaigns throughout history. It was
S, present here at Verdun.
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ih The futile and exhausting effort was
ä" still in progress when, after a preliminary
19 bombardment of unexampled intensity, ,
’d the great offensive was launehed by the
BY now greatly reinforced and thoroughly
Of munitioned British forces in company
m with certain French divisions upon their
Gv right, along the valley of the Upper
uw Somme. The first blow was delivered *
bo upon the lst of July, and the interest of
F6 the war which had hitherto been eentred ,
DL in the long and deliberate defensive of i
W Verdun, while the head of shell and all
’d other preparations were being aeeuniu-
lg lated upon the Somme, turned suddenly
to this new field.
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1e Before summarising briefly the efforts ·
ly in Picardy I must go back to follow two `
at other events of capital importance, eo-
in incident with the German failure before
a, Verdun and indirectly dependent upon it.
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