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04:38 Mar 16, 2007
German to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Military / Defense
German term or phrase: doppelte Übermacht
This is from a 1931 German text on the Great War:

Einleitend bemerkte General v. Falkenhayn, daß es unmöglich sei, die Westfront zugunsten des Ostens noch weiter zu schwächen, da dort doppelte Übermacht gegenüberstände.

My translation is:

By way of introduction, Falkenhayn stated that it was impossible to further weaken the Western Front, where German forces were [already] facing a double superiority, in favour of the east.

Is this correct or iis it meant that IF the forces are transfered THEN the Western Front will face a double superiority?

Thanks so much!
mhumphries
Local time: 19:40
English translation:first version
Explanation:
the Konjunktiv is being used here to indicate reported speech, not conditional. Falkenhayn is just stating that they ARE facing ... .
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Melanie Nassar
United States
Local time: 02:40
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Thanks and sorry it took so long. I thought that I had already done this. Thank you
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Explanation:
the Konjunktiv is being used here to indicate reported speech, not conditional. Falkenhayn is just stating that they ARE facing ... .

Melanie Nassar
United States
Local time: 02:40
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Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 12
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Thanks and sorry it took so long. I thought that I had already done this. Thank you
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