Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago

By José Saramago

From the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, a “brilliant...enchanting novel” (New York instances ebook evaluation) of romance, deceit, faith, and magic set in eighteenth-century Portugal on the top of the Inquisition. nationwide bestseller. Translated by means of Giovanni Pontiero.

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31 Necessity had created an environment that led to the revival of the operational idea, albeit in a tactically confined area. 32 However, Falkenhayn’s overall assessment of the Western Front remained valid: the conditions for a decisive battle remained absent. The stabilization of the German position in 1917 was only achieved by the high Allied losses caused by the new German system of defence in depth coupled with the shortened front line caused by the withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. While defensive battles were the focus on the Western Front, the Eastern Front and the Isonzo Front saw mobile operations in the classical sense.

The Special Reserve was composed of men with no prior military service who made themselves liable for service with the Regular Army in the event of mobilization. While the exact conditions of service varied from one corps to another, most Special Reservists underwent several months of full-time training at the beginning of their enlistments. As this entry-level training was often identical to that received by recruits who had enlisted for several years of full-time duty, there was considerable overlap between the facilities where Special Reservists were trained and those that catered to the men destined to spend several years ‘with the colours’.

Both measures were the product of a strategic idea that was defensive in nature and aimed at consolidation. In the West, the operational effect of this idea was the establishment of the new defence concept. This concept provided the basis for manoeuvring – something that had not been possible on a large scale since 1914. This new form of manoeuvring was revived only at the tactical level on the Western Front, as even in 1916, the operational idea could be realized only on the Eastern Front. It was Falkenhayn, now in command of 9.

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