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A missed chance of peace

THIS SEVENTH WEEK of the war was, perhaps, the last time before 1918 when the conflict in the West might have been concluded. It is…


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The search for strategy

BY THIS SIXTH week of fighting, the architects of the war were in denial. They had unleashed chaos. The corpses of tens of thousands of…


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The Allies in danger

NOW, IN THE fifth week at war, Britain was losing ground. The retreat from Mons was continuing. Defeat for the Allies in the est was…


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Britain and France in retreat

THE PARAMETERS OF the war – geographical, strategic and moral – rolled back alarmingly in its fourth week. Blessed with hindsight, we easily forget that…