Excerpt from The "People's War" In France, 1870-1871
So in these pages I have narrated for the British officer something to read about War.
This small book does not pretend to be an erudite work so I hope if the aforesaid British officer takes up the book to read it,... he will not think it necessary to sit at a table on which to rest his elbows with his head between his hands, and with a pair of compasses by him to measure distances. Let him repose in an arm-chair with, on his knees, the excellent map thoughtfully provided by the publishers, and I think he will be able to follow the narrative quite easily. He will find also that the first time a place is named I have appended to the name, in rectangular brackets, the distances at which the place is from important points; and further, in those brackets are illustrative or explanatory remarks of my own.
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