The Great Game Of War And Life, Daily Racing Form, 1919-07-04


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THE GREAT GAME OF WAR AND LIFE LIFEIn In a recent speech before tlie Eccentric Club of London Kuglaud General Sir John Mouasli of the Australian forces said among other things Tlie fighting In the great war proved that the offensive was the only true tactics Modern war was not a matter of genius and brainwaves but slog ¬ ging matteroffact work In which particulars modern war resembles modern peace In tlie life of the world of business of sport of almost any other form of athletics it is demonstrated in the result that more is lost in defending than in at ¬ tacking and we have it from General Monash that this is the case In modern war The soldier says tlie matteroffact work of the slogger will give better results than all the schemes and brainwaves of tlie geniuses will furnish It is of course not a suggestion oC tlie great Australian soldier that there is nothing in generalship in war and nothing in directorship id business It is not to be taken from what lie says that the brains of the captain of a team in tlie football field or the intelligence of a skipper handling a cricket eleven or the ex ¬ perience of a man behind a combatant in the ring or the words of advice of the captain of a team of bowlers are valueless We may take it that what is to be gathered from the speech of the general is that in peace as in war In business as in sport in all the ploys of life the man who battles on with the determination to attaia his objective who is not rebuffed by failure or discouraged by mis ¬ takes of his own or others making is more than likely to be found listed with the winners when the last analyses are mnUe Tlie great game of war is like the great game of peace in that the offensive is the proper play We are not given choice us to entering into tlie war of life but being in it it becomes every man to bear himself that the enemy may beware of him And that he may so bear himself it is es ¬ sential that he shall carry in the healthy body the sound mind that will suggest the times when he should sail in witli both hands and the other times when lie will be wise to duck and stall for every ¬ thing that is in the house

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