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And yet, Prussia, doubly, trebly ruined, recovered in a marvellously short time. But for her troops under Blücher the battle of Waterloo might have been far less disastrous for Napoleon's power thanit was. And only half a century afterwards a united Germany reigned supreme in Europe, having overcome the two greatest military powers of Europe. A country, recovering from a succession of devastation and wholesale murder like the 30 years' war (1618—1648) which reduced her population from 18 millions to four millions; a country recovering from another devastation and another wholesale murder during the seven years'war (1756—1763), from yet another series of horrors in the days of Napoleon; which none the less reaches an unprecedented pinnacle of power and wealth in the latter half of the century that witnessed the fall of two Napoleons, such a country, in our day, will not allow even the most thorough, the most bitter defeat, to damp its spirits. And not only that. Can anybody who has not visited Germany, who has not lived amongst Germans, who has not read their daily press, who has not heard their talk, their boasting, their pride, who has not watched their mode of living, who has not noticed the very manner they wear their moustaches, conceive their fanatical admiration for their Army ? Their Army.thespoiledchildof anation in arms, their Army, the tremendous weapon forged together by a succession of Hohenzollerns, men whose very thoughts were of blood and iron and power?