Review of Reviews, 20 (1899), 569–73.
The Topic of the Month. The War in South Africa
Regular Feature, Editorial, News-Commentary
War, Military Technology
Observes that it is 'interesting to note how the experience of this campaign [against the Boers in South Africa] has confirmed many of the conclusions which have been set forth in a popular form by M. Bloch in his book on the future of war, published in this country under the title of "Is War Now Impossible?". According to M. Bloch, the war of the future will be a war of sieges. Modern arms have so enormously strengthened the defensive that a frontal attack will be practically impossible, and the fate of campaigns in the future will be decided, not so much by the fighting of the soldiers, as by their capacity to hold each other in check until ammunition or food gives out on one side' (569–70).
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