Carleton Place Herald, 18 August, 1914
History Has No Parallel For Impending Battle
FRONT IS 266 MILES LONG
Statement from French War Office Advises
Advises People to Expect No News
For Eight Days at Least – Great
Suspense Is Felt In Brussels –
Austrians Reported to Have
Invaded Northern Servia.
Paris, Aug. 17 – (C.A.P. Cabie). – The conditions under which the great battle between the Germains and the allied forces will probably be fought are made the subject of an official communication issued by the French Minister of War yesterday afternoon. By the development and the nature of the ground over which the battle will be waged, the communication says, this vast engagement will differ profoundly from the battles of other times.
“By reason of the abandonment of the attack which the Germans planned against Nancy,” says the communication, “our concentration has been carried out with regularity and in its entirety, and thus the whole of the French army will battle with the whole of the German forces, with the exception of those German troops concentrated on the eastern frontier of the Empire. The violation of the neutrality of Belgium has extended the Belgian and French lines to the frontier of Holland. The next battle, therefore will be from Basle to Maastricht, with several millions of men on each side.”
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