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The Schleswig-Holstein War Volume 2
by Edward Dicey
- Author: Edward Dicey
- Language: english
- Release date: January 10, 2012
- Publisher: General Books
- Format: paperback, 102 pages
- ISBN: 9780217932417 (021793241X)
About The Book
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1864. Not illustrated. Excerpt: … would be cheaply purchased by the loss, if it must be, of Schleswig and Alsen. Jutland, again, has a much closer personal interest in keeping the peninsula under one government with herself than the Danish islands can possibly have. And so on. I am not saying for one moment that in each of the different provinces there exists a party with a distinct policy. I wish alone to show that the existence of these individual and contradictory interests necessarily impairs the force of Denmark in carrying on hostilities. . March 28. At last the war has begun in earnest. What causes may have decided the Prussians to commit themselves finally to the task of capturing the works of Dybbol, it is useless now to consider. Speculations have given place to fact; and the sword is to cut the knot which diplomacy, hitherto, has failed to disentangle. Aha jacta est — the lot has been thrown for war; and now there is no alternative open for the Germans except to enter Alsen as conquerors, or to retire from before Dybbol baflled and defeated. To a spectator this change from the monotony of a wearisome, purposeless bombardment to the brisk and rapid action of battle must needs be most welcome. And it is with sincere and heartfelt pleasure I have now to record the fact that the first onslaught of the besiegers has resulted in a decided victory for Denmark. Your opinions about the abstract rights or wrongs of this complicated struggle may be what you like; your views of the expediency of continuing the war may differ from those current amongst the Danes; but I defy any man with blood in his heart, or living, as I do, amongst this kindly, gallant people, not to wish them God-speed in their deathstruggle against overwhelming numbers — not to be glad with their triumph and sad with their disa…
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