Excerpt from Stead's Review of Reviews: May June, 1915
I Soissons, their most advanced posi tion, is but 45 miles. Rheims is con trolled by their artillery. They are to the north and south of Verdun, still close to Nancy. A few miles' advance might mean the loss of places of ... the first importance to the Allies. On the other hand nowhere, save in the Alsace district, can the Allies strike at any spot vital to the German defence. Accord ing to American correspondents, line after line of trenches cover the country behind the fighting front of the Ger mans. Even if the enemy were forced from the present Soissons, Cambrai, Lille, Ypres, Nieuport battle ground they would fall back to a shorter line running from Antwerp through Brussels to the Meuse, still entirely outside their own country. This line, like the present one, could not be turned, for it would be anchored at one end on the Dutch frontier, on the Swiss at the other. Driven from this position, they could take up another, with Liege as the northern limit. It is here, rather than on the Rhine, that the most tremendous stand would probably be made, for it is a far shorter line to defend than isthat made by the famous stream. In driving the foe back the Allies would not have touched a single vital spot. This in ability to hit Germany seriously makes the task of the Allies far harder. The great industrial centres are quite un - get at-able. Krupps is separated from danger by the whole breadth of em trenched Belgium. Everything points to the crushing of Austria, as the only road to the ultimate defeat of her re doubtable ally. As I have often shown in these notes. The dual kingdom is the only weak joint in the German armour. The thrust which lays the German Em pire prostrate will have to be delivered through this vulnerable spot.
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