Excerpt from Stead's Review of Reviews: September 21, 1918
Quite the most interesting development in the Western theatre is the American offen sive against the St. Mihiel salient. In 1914 when the German avalanche fell on France, General de Castelnau hung desperately on to Ve... rdun, and managed to pin down a ¿ank of the enemy legions, thus preventing the army of Metz from giving that support to the forces of von Kluck which was neces sary for the taking of Paris, and which would have made impossible the battle of the Marne. But the hostile hordes, though held at Verdun, surged past the fortress to north and south in an effort to get to Paris in time. With themain army which had rushed through Belgium defeated at the Marne, these southern tr00ps recoiled and, abandoning Rheims, Epernay and Chalons, took up the positions in Cham pagne, which they have held more or lessz.
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