Excerpt from The Children's Story of the War, Vol. 5: The First Six Months of the Year 1916
When the Kaiser bade farewell to his soldiers at Potsdam, he assured them that they would return victorious before the leaves fall. He and his General Staff were well aware that they m... ust win soon or not at all We must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. The advantages with which they could begin the war would vanish, and even pass to their enemies, if the war should be long drawn out. Should the Allies be able to stave off the first mighty onset and gain time, Germany' would fail, and fail grievously. She could put armies into the field greatly outnumbering those which the Allies could array, but with every month of war these numbers were bound to dwindle. Should the war be prolonged, Russia could muster legions which would become overwhelmingly strong when the German armies were in a state of decline.
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