By Ian Passingham
Confident that either God and the Kaiser have been on their part, the officials and males of the Imperial German military went to conflict in 1914, supremely convinced that they have been destined for a quick and crushing victory within the West. The much-vaunted Schlieffen Plan on which the predicted German victory was once established supplied for an both decisive victory at the jap entrance. however it was once to not be. From the wintry weather of 1914 till the early months of 1918, the warfare at the Western entrance used to be characterised through trench struggle.
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Io. His objections to military Medical Officers performing surgical operations in civil hospitals, and doubts about their ability to run a successful consultative practice, clearly demonstrated a lack of faith in his army colleagues. Evidence of Colonel W. i789, 1904, XL, p. ~o6. Professor A. Ogston made similar points, Ibid, p. 8i6. Colonel W. Johnston, Ibid, p. 506. See index of the BMJ, 1900—1903, under the headings South African War and Army, British. ‘The Medical Service and the Victoria Cross’ BMJ, 1900 (I), p.
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