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Frank Swannell Diaries: Part I

Diaries of Frank Cyril Swannell Learn more.

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Thursday Oct 14th 1915

Translation of letter found on an officer of the German Gen. staff recently killed & written by a senior officer of G.H.Q - "It is terrible we have no more men; you know what that means. The Russians have guessed our plan in time, and without accepting definite battle, have retired to the depths of their country, inflicting terrible losses on us in the course of their retreat. William has taken from Germany all that she can give and now you only see old men, women & children in the streets of German towns. We have no more reserves. Our losses are enormous and soon we shall no longer be in a position to make them good. There was a time when the Russians were short of munitions, but this is no longer so."

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