he German lacks the dash, nerve, vim and initiative essential to a successful flier. He is moulded as a cog. He is part of a system--out of that he must not move. It has wrecked his initiative, and the sneer of the greatest German in history, Frederick the Great, has to-day grim significance.
"See those two mules," he said satirically to one of his officers, who lacked initiative, "they have been in fifteen campaigns and--they're still mules."
The German training system has taken all the humanity out of the men. They move like machines, either destroying or rolling on to destruction, and they often act with the dumb sense of the machine to pain and suffering.
Lloyd George has very truly put it: "God made man to his own image, but the German recreated him in the form of a Diesel engine."
No one questioned the efficiency of the German machine. The Allies were disputing its right to go on destroying.