Murray, Wilson, Grierson and Huguet concurred in my views, and it was so settled.
The date of the embarkment of the Headquarters Staff was fixed for Friday, August 14th.
During the fateful days which intervened, daily and almost hourly reports reached us as to the progress of mobilisation both of our Allies and our Enemies. From the first it became quite evident that the German system of mobilisation was quicker than the French. There was reason to believe that Germany had partly mobilised some classes of her reserves before formal mobilisation. The splendid stand made by the Belgians in defence of their frontier fortresses is well known, and the course of the preliminary opera