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i THE SEOOND YEAR OF THE WAR 7
P everywhere inwards against the siege y
fortress of the Central Powers. The l
, sortic is everywhere less and less probable
and less and less fruitful. The points A
Q upon which attack could be delivered
i upon. the perimeter increase indeiinitely
in number. The strength in equipped and
muuitioned units with which such attacks
must be met is declining. /Vhat was the {
vast potential reserve of British man- ï
power has now become actual. The cor- 1
responding reserve of Russian man-power
which could not bc realised from lack of T
ik equipment during so many months is
gl now realised at last. The inferiority in
munitionment has turned to at least an
equality which is rapidly becoming a y
superiority upon the part of the Allies.
And we have clearly entered, no matter
j what its total length may prove to be,
the last phase of the Great War. Nothing
can modify its now fatal quality save
political disturbances within the group of
Powers which, when the Central Empires
g first attacked, were so gravely inferior:
’ which have reduced first their numerical,
later their mechanical inferiority by so
r laborious a process, but which are now
clearly masters of the game.
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