Journal de Genève, April 7, 1915.
A leading article entitled: “The Harm of Talking Too Much” discusses the book: Lessons of the 1914 Yellow Book by Henri Welschinger, Member of the Institute, published by Bloud et Gay, Paris.
On July 13, 1914 (note the date!), M. Ch. Humbert, “the reporter for the War Committee”, anxious to demonstrate France’s unpreparedness, told the Senate that France had practically no heavy artillery, even of 10–13–21 cm. Mortars of 28 cm. would be available ... in a year’s time!!
And next day, July 14, 1914, the War Minister, Messimy, stated in the Senate that
at the end of 1915 (!!) France would have
200 long 105 mm. guns, and at the end of 1917 (!!!) 200 short 120 mm. howitzers.
N.B. ||| “Could Germany draw any other conclusion than ‘Let us march without losing time’?”