Excerpt from Generals of the British Army
The part of their story that is concerned in this war is memorable, and may we not say it, memorably fine P For these are not the leaders of that vast host whose shadow has hung over Europe for so many years, whose numbers and efficie... ncy have been the evil dream of the international situation but of that small contingent that, for an ideal, took the field light-heartedly, against the vast German horde. Even the Belgian army was more numerous than the Expeditionary Force that struck its first blow before Mons and these leaders have memories of the days when it was the equal in nothing, save undaunted courage and tactical ability, of the army in whose path it stood.
They have seen every type of fighting. The war of movements with its swift changes and long hazards was their first experience, an experience that none of those who took part in it will ever forget. For some terrible days the British army stood between the Allies and disaster but the experience it bought was handed on to the enemy in a series of engagements, the lesson of which he softens by proclaiming the first seven divisions to have been unique. The admission is sufficientlyfighting ability from the tide which threatened to overwhelm them.
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