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Relations Were Denuded of the Amenities – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Politics, Quotes, WW1

When General de Selliers, the Chief of Staff, rose to explain the strategy of defence to be adopted, his Deputy Chief, Colonel de Ryckel, with whom his relations were, in the words of a colleague, ‘denuded of the amenities’, kept growling between his teeth, ‘il faut piquer dedans, il faut piquer didans [We must hit them where it hurts].

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