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The Story of the Great War, Volume I

Introductions; Special Articles; Causes of War; Diplomatic and State Papers

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Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 181,846 / 562 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.8
LoC Category: D
Series: Great War
Downloads: 1,699
Added to site: 2009.03.06
mnybks.net#: 23615
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, War
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h will bear upon all alike. The volunteer spirit is superb, but the volunteer system is not a dependable system to which to trust the life and security of the people, especially in these days when the highest degree of organization marks all nations with whom we may possibly have some day differences which will result in the use of force. The militia, willing as it is, cannot be depended upon as a reliable military asset. Its very method of control makes it an undependable force, and at times unavailable. The men and officers are not at fault; they have done all that could be expected under a system which renders efficiency almost impossible of attainment. The militia must be absolutely and completely transferred to Federal control; it must cease to be a State and become a Federal force, without any relationship whatever with the State.

The militia must have thoroughly trained reserves sufficient in number to bring it promptly to war strength. The infantry of the National Guard, as in the regu

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