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The Price of the War Lord's Ambition: German Dead after the Battle of the Marne

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We are not fighting the German people,” declared Mr. Lloyd George in the impassioned Queen’s Hall speech, on September 16, in which he branded the Prussian junker before the world as ” the Road – Hog of Europe.” “The German people are just as much under the heel of this Prussian military caste, and more so, thank God, than any other nation in Europe. It will be a day of rejoicing for the German peasant and artisan and trader when the military caste is broken.” Fearful, indeed, is the price that Germany is paying for the War Lord’s ambition. These dead, lying in a corner of a field near Lizy in the Marne district, were soldiers of a famous German regiment, fine specimens of German manhood.

Captured German officers all tell the same tale. ” In the first battalion of the First Guards Regiment.” said one, ” not a single othice is left.” Said another Prussian Guardsman: ” My regiment started with ten officers, and only five are left. More than 2000 men are out of action. My regiment han beet practically destroyed.” Yet another officer spoke of battalions of the Guard having lost all their commissioned officers and being commanded now by “one-year volunteers youths of wealth or social position, or University students specially exempted as a privilege from the ordinary three years’ term of service with the colours.


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