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Even Great Strategies Don't Always Win

In the last Bugler we saw how over the course of a little more than one month World War I had engulfed Europe. The first twelve days of September set the course for the war. Germany's great plan to take France, and thus the western front, was called the Schlieffen Plan. Germany had been preparing for war long before 1914. In fact, Germany had started drawing up a plan for war - the Schlieffen Plan - in 1897. It took nine years to finalize, but it was based on the theory that Germany would be at war with France and Russia at the same time. The plan imagined a huge hammer-blow at Paris, using 90 percent of the German army, swinging down through Belgium and northern France, to take out France in a quick, decisive campaign. The Germans thought that the French were weak and would be the easiest to beat and that the Russians would be slow to mobilize and by the time they did, France would be defeated and Germany could concentrate on Russia. The events of August 1914, threw the first wrench in the Germans' plans - Russia mobilized for war in July 1914 in only ten days. But the French did not so the Germans had to declare war on the French so they could use their masterful plan.

Taxis to the Rescue

Luckily for us, the Belgians and the British slowed down the Germans. First, Belgium refused Germany's request to just pass through their country and Great Britain, who had a treaty with Belgium, quickly mobilized. By the time the German army got close to Paris they were still strong but they were tired and prone to mistake. A brave French General, Joseph Joffre refused to retreat and quickly appointed strong commanders who exploited a 30-mile gap between the two German forces allowing French and British forces to attack the German 2nd Army on September 6, 1914. Fierce fighting continued over the next several days, with France's exhausted army managing to hold its ground only after being reinforced on September 7 by a corps of 6,000 rushed from Paris in taxi cabs. See this vintage video of the taxis carrying soldiers streaming to the battlefield.

According to the website, "This Day in History", "The Allied check of the German advance during the Battle of the Marne made the struggle one of the most decisive battles in history. Events at the Marne signaled the demise of Germany's aggressive two-front war strategy, known as the Schlieffen Plan; they also marked the end of the general belief, held on both sides of the line, that the conflict that broke out in the summer of 1914 would be a short one. As the historian Barbara Tuchman wrote as a conclusion to her book The Guns of August (1962): 'The Battle of the Marne was one of the decisive battles of the world not because it determined that Germany would eventually lose or the Allies ultimately win the war but because it determined that the war would go on. There was no looking back, Joffre told the soldiers on the eve. Afterward there was no turning back. The nations were caught in a trap, a trap made during the first thirty days out of battles that failed to be decisive, a trap from which there was, and has been, no exit.'"

Customer Service and Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment

Customers contact Glendale all the time asking for help in getting their equipment work at a maximum level. (This is a gentle reminder to make frequent checks on your flag poles to be sure the screws are tight). A recent request for screws to repair the brass bushing on flag poles came from Gene Kuwik, the Friday Squad Leader and Color Guard Commander for Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment. Mr. Kuwik shared with us his organization's website. Click 'Squads' then 'Friday' to see Kuwik's group. He went on to say that "The military burial honors ceremony we had last December for Friday squad member Robert Erickson was one of the finest final tributes we had for one of our own." Four buglers sounded echo Taps. Mr. Kuwik made us proud when he noted they use Glendale’s rifles, flag poles and white gloves, too!

Flags at Half Staff on Patriot Day

Remember to fly the United States flag at half staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, September 11th in memory of the 2,977 people who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

"Aim High...Fly-Fight-Win"

The United States Air Force Turns 67 on September 18. Happy Birthday from your friends at Glendale Parade Store.

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