Ludendorff's own story, August 1914-November 1918: the Great War from the siege of Liège to the signing of the armistice as viewed from the grand headquarters of the German Army (Електронна книга от Google)
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Страница 326 - August 8th was the black day of the German Army in the history of this war.
Страница 331 - The report of the Staff Officer I had sent to the battle-field as to the condition of those divisions which had met the first shock of the attack on the 8th, perturbed me deeply. I summoned divisional commanders and officers from the line to Avesnes to discuss events with them in detail. I was told of deeds of glorious valour, but also of behaviour which, I openly confess, I should not have thought possible in the German Army ; whole bodies of our men had surrendered to single troopers, or isolated...
Страница 331 - I was told of deeds of glorious valour but also of behaviour which, I openly confess, I should not have thought possible in the German Army; whole bodies of our men had surrendered to single troopers, or isolated squadrons. Retiring troops, meeting a fresh division going bravely into action, had shouted out things like 'Blacklegs' and 'You're prolonging the War', expressions that were to be heard again later.
Страница 233 - Strategically we had not achieved what events of the 23rd, 24th, and 25th had encouraged us to hope for.
Страница 423 - Wilson's answer is a demand for unconditional surrender. It is thus unacceptable for us soldiers. It proves that our enemy's desire for our destruction, which let loose the war in 1914, still exists undiminished. It proves, further, that our enemies use the phrase "Peace of Justice" merely to deceive us and break our resistance.
Страница 423 - For the information of all troops: Wilson says in his answer that he is ready to propose to his allies that they should enter into armistice negotiations; but that the armistice must render Germany so defenseless that she cannot take up arms again. He will only negotiate...
Страница 126 - By sending Lenin to Russia our Government had, moreover, assumed a great responsibility. From a military point of view his journey was justified, for Russia had to be laid low. But our Government should have seen to it that we also were not involved in her fall.
Страница 270 - I fight before Paris, I shall fight in Paris, I shall fight behind Paris.
Страница 217 - The crown of success would be an operation in which we could bring to bear the whole of our superiority. It was our great object. If we did not succeed at the first attack, we should have to do so at the next; by then, indeed, the situation would have become less favorable — how much less favorable would depend upon the rate of arrival and value of the Americans, and the losses which both sides sustained.
Страница 105 - Caught in the advanced zone of our hail of fire they often collapsed, and the lonely man in the shell-hole breathed again. Then the mass came on again. Rifle and machine gun jammed with the mud. Man fought against man, and only too often the mass was successful.