Aimé Ernest Motsch

Aimé Ernest Motsch

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

Thursday, May 26, 1898

Manila. The Campaign Strategy Manila is waiting for help from Spain. There is no doubt Spain will send ships to avenge the defeat at Cavite,

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Friday, May 27, 1898

What will be the German strategy? The Spaniards have great hopes in the Germans who have extensive interests in the Philippines. “They will defend us,

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Sunday, 29 May, 1898

The blockade of Manila is now a month old. The weather will worsen. The Americans have not planned their strategy against the city. They are

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Monday, May 30, 1898

This morning, at 6 o’clock, I went on shore with a comrade. We visited the markets of Binondo and San Miguel. There is an enormous

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Thursday, 2 June, 1898

Aguinaldo in Manila Aguinaldo has not lost time. Within a few days he has established a revolutionary government in Cavite and has assumed a dictatorship.

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Tuesday, 7 June, 1898

Skirmishes Fighting has been going on in the environs of Manila almost daily since the 31st of May. The attacks resume at nightfall. A rather

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Thursday, June 9, 1898

On Land This morning saw the beginning of the exodus of Spanish women aboard French, English, and German ships. It is said that the Americans

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Tuesday, June 14, 1898

The Germans The day before yesterday at noon, the German admiral was acknowledged in Corregidor. The Americans saluted him. The Kaiserin-Agusta dropped anchor at 13H30 after

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Monday, 20 June, 1898

This morning, as part of the team, I visited the Kaiser. I was received on the gangway by a tall, young, blond and extremely pleasant officer

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Tuesday, 21 June, 1898

The Insurgents Make Progress In my view, Aguinaldo would already be in Manila if Admiral Dewey had not closed the doors on him. And undoubtedly,

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Friday, July 1, 1898

Bad News Last night, at 4 o’clock, the sight of smoke immediately signalled the speedy entry into the Manila Bay of the Baltimore and the

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Saturday, July 2, 1898

The Spanish Battle Zone The calesa is fast approaching Paco. It is now rather late. I tell the terrified coachman who conducts me to hurry.

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Monday, July 4, 1898

An Anniversary At 8 o’clock, the flag is hoisted. It is the independence day anniversary of the United States. A hundred and twenty years ago,

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Tuesday, July 5, 1898

Tonight we are on red alert. Gunshots and cannon fire. Are the American troops getting ready for battle? This morning we went ashore. Three of

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Monday, July 11, 1898

Americans and Germans A Reuters dispatch states that the English are displeased with the influx of Germans into the Philippines. Early in the game, we

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Tuesday, July 19, 1898

“Finis Hispaniae” It’s all over. We have been informed about the Santiago disaster. Spain’s best fleet has been destroyed, Cuba is lost, and Spain has

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Thursday, July 21, 1898

Madness. Mentiras The problem is settled. The situation cannot last. We have received the details of an irreversible defeat –one in which there was no

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Monday, July 25, 1898

Admiral Dewey and Aguinaldo are both trying to outsmart each other. In the past, Dewey needed Aguinaldo. Now it is Aguinaldo who needs Dewey. This

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July 26, 1898

Rivalries Neither the timidity of French diplomacy nor the mediocrity of our naval forces seems to discourage the English interest in us. They continue their

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Monday, August 1, 1898

This is the situation on the 1st of August. Admiral Dewey can no longer delay taking action against Manila. Yesterday, the third expedition of American

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Wednesday, August 3, 1898

The weather has been horrible these past three days. A brisk wind from the southwest is causing an increasingly turbulent sea. Land communications have been

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Thursday, August 4, 1898

This morning, the American monitor, Monterey, arrived in Cavite, escorted by a commercial steamer. Crossing the Pacific on this monitor weighing 4,000 tons must have been

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Friday, August 5, 1898

It is said that the Monterey has brought formal orders to attack. But perhaps the victor and the vanquished would eventually end the fighting and maybe

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Saturday, August 6, 1898

The Insurgents It is becoming certain that the Tagal and American alliance will not last. The Americans have confirmed that in the battle of Malate,

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Monday, August 8, 1898

Deception Yesterday, Governor Jaudenes convened a meeting of the consuls of France, England, Belgium, and Germany. He naturally appealed to their sentiments in the hope

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Wednesday, August 10, 1898

The Waiting Nothing. The Americans have not stepped up their attack. Three hours full of tension follow as the Concorde and Petrel are sighted approaching the city.

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