Aimé Ernest Motsch

Aimé Ernest Motsch

(January 1, 1867 — April 30, 1911), French naval officer.

Friday, 29 April, 1898

The departure is set for Sunday morning instead of Monday. Orders have come from Paris and the Bruix will be leaving for Manila. We should

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Tuesday, 2 May, 1898

At Sea. Peace I was almost sure that by leaving France I would witness some battles around China, better still, be involved in one. This

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Thursday, May 5, 1898

Quarter of the Nightwatch Tonight, in the mess hall, they are honoring the Spanish pilot. We drink a toast to honor Spain and encourage him

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Friday, May 6, 1898

Defeat Seen from the Eyes of a Spaniard I did not dare interrupt or contradict the pilot as he recounted the past events. His gestures

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Friday, May 6, 1898

The Germans Their arrival is imminent. The American fleet is anchored between Cavite and Manila Bay. In the bay, an English warship, the Linnet, a small

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Saturday, May 7, 1898

We were standing in a circle around the most notable Frenchman in Manila. After he has lived there for many years, nothing shocks him. He

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Sunday, May 8, 1898

Deception The bombardment of the city is still being discussed. Commodore Dewey brags about seizing it at an appropriate time. But I do not believe

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Monday, May 9, 1898

Vanquished I am fully aware of the problems in the minds of the Spaniards both in Manila and in Europe. They are searching high and

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Wednesday, May 11, 1898

Spanish Heroism The Spaniards, pretending to resist, will eventually give in at the last minute. Manila, perhaps, has more resources than we think. The Walled

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Friday, 13 May, 1898

Captured Yesterday morning, the Americans towed the Spanish gunboat, Callao, which they had captured as it was entering the port, totally oblivious of the American fleet

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Monday, 16 May, 1898

“Una Muerte Honorosa” Rumors are rampant. The English dispatches are suspect and we are advised not to place too much trust in them. The English

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Tuesday, May 17, 1898

Philippine Strategy An incomparable strategic situation now exists. Manila is key to the Far East, being the geometric center from which all places radiate where

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Wednesday, May 18, 1898

The Americans Relate the Battle of Cavite to the English When the MacCulloch, carrying dispatches from Commodore Dewey, anchored in the bay of Hongkong, it

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Wednesday, May 18, 1898

Evening: The Navy and the Colonies The succulent fruits, foliage more beautiful than a Corinthian basket, palm trees as tall as human beings, all speak

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Friday, May 20, 1898

Aguinaldo There are repeated rumors that Aguinaldo, the leader of the uprising, arrived yesterday from Hongkong. He must have arrived on the MacCulloch. It is

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Saturday, May 21, 1898

England and the United States A wonderful piece of news. When the Americans become the masters of Manila, they will sell the Philippines to the

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Sunday, May 22, 1898

The Old Fogies Montojo is getting on in years, like the other Spanish generals and colonels who may be brave but lack vitality. Old age,

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Monday, May 23, 1898

A considerable number of dispatches from America and Hongkong addressed to Admiral Dewey outrageously exalt him over and above Farragut and Nelson. It seems that

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Monday evening, May 23, 1898

Anglo-Saxon Leadership The seas control the trading activities between the continents. The political and economic power of a nation cannot be separated. This is the

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Tuesday, May 24, 1898

“A Convocation of Political Worms. . .” Alluding to the astonishing perseverance which Spain has often shown in the face of defeat and death, it

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