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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

army to put an end to a state of things which them promotion and an opportunity of training and brought indisposition of the

of which the risk of serious exercising their men in actual warfare, loss or disaster was not great, and in which they hoped to secure

But they reckoned without a highly-trained army of veterans. The Ecole d'Algerie proved their host, as the events proved. itself a failure when its methods were employed against the

German army.

Accustomed

to

deal

with an

enemy whose

the military equipment was of an inferior order to their own, became insensibly prone to officers of the Algerian School

methods of warfare impossible before an European force. The frontal attack, unsupported by flanking movements, the bayonet charge were their tactics, and when met by the profounder strategy of the German published the other day

army proved

inefficacious.

A

Memoir

by a French officer present at the battle of Sedan,' describes how General de Wimpfen, " who had just returned from Algeria," took over the command at that battle.

He

paid no attention

to Ducrot's warnings that the

German

army was slowly but surely enveloping his forces, insisting upon making unsupported counter attacks, vainly attempting to break

Nor

the circle. until

too

late

did he realise the seriousness of his position to

then, of 1868, had

Germany. There

is

very

extricate its

little

himself.

The

guerilla warfare, share in turning the tide in favour of

of Algeria which

is

not

now opened up

who willing to rough it without change of clothes for a few weeks, and to count on the hospitality of the Arabised Berber sheiks to whom, by the bye, it seems more

to the tourist

is

courteous not to present a letter of introduction from the military Divided authorities which robs that hospitality of all charm. into three parallel divisions, each running inland from the sea over mountain ridges toward the desert, each province of Algeria '

Mes

Souvenirs.

Par le General Baron Faverot de Kerbrech.

1905.

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