The Guns of August - Chapters 21 - Afterword Summary & Analysis

Barbara W. Tuchman
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Chapter 21: Von Kluck’s Turn

M. Albert Fabre had a villa twelve miles north of Compiegne. As he drove up to his villa on August 30th, he found it commandeered by the Germans. A tall German with a terrible air stalked forward. It was von Kluck. Just like everyone else, things had not gone as planned for Kluck. He was at the time contemplating how he would have to change directions for the envelopment to succeed. He was sure that the enemy was for all practical purposes defeated.

Moltke was less elated by news of victory than others. It was the 30th day of fighting and according to plans, victory over France should be a reality by the 36th to 40th day of the war. He was skeptical that the British and French had been decisively beaten. Why weren’t there more...

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