World War: Speed on Foot

The Germans announced last week that infantry forces had for 16 days advanced at the rate of 22 miles a day. This was extraordinary speed.

The U.S. Army considers 14 miles a day good speed, 16 miles exceptional. There have been few more spectacular marches. During the siege of Gergovia, Caesar's men marched 50 miles in one day, fought a battle, marched back next day; but that one was an overnight stunt. Napoleon's crack Imperial Guard marched 33 miles a day for 13 days in the campaign against Prussia, 1806. World's record for sustained marching belongs to Alexander, who after the Battle...

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