A correspondent who claims to hava inner-circle information about French affairs, writes :—“ I am a great admirer of Joffre’s strategy. The Allies were evidently greatly outnumbered at the beginning of the war j so his plan was to fight on the defensive and draw them away from thoir communications till the French mobilisation was advanced. I fully believe the storv that some Socialist members of the Government interfered with him (probably objected to bis abandoning the North of Prance to invasion). The story was vouched for by a Governor of a French colony, but appears to have been suppressed. It is, however, extremely probable. We know for a fact that .the French Government were at that time reconstructed on broader lines. Joffre is said to have resigned, but the new Government gavo him a free hand. This stony might account for the disaster at Charleroi and the narrow escape of our army at Mons and Maubeuge. After that Joffre took advantage of the desperate though brilliant attempt of Von KJuck’s army.to cut the communication of the Alsace wing. Having caught them at a disadvantage, he reformed in a crescent, with the convexity "northwards, behind the Marne, until he could collect bis reinforcements. Then he drew down his centre and pushed up the horns of his crescent, so that the convexity was now southwards. Thus he formed the old Zulu enveloping'formation with which he nearly succeeded in routing the German army. Then, finding the enemy too strongly entrenched for a frontal attack, ho directed all his endeavors to outflanking their right wing with the help of the Navy.” _______________ Two men were talking of the hard times. “ Does your wife ever grieve because she threw over a wealthy man in order to marry you?” queried Hall. “Well, she started to once,” was the reply, “ but I cured her of it without delay.” “I wish you would tell me how,” said Hall. “ I started right in grieving with her,” replied the other, “and I grieved harder and longer than she did !”
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JOFFRES STRATEGY, Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914
JOFFRES STRATEGY Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914
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