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And so, that third edge, that Simpson was very ambivalent about. A genuine national consciousness was emerging here, two hundred and fifty years ahead of schedule. The name for the nation might be the neutral "United States of Europe," but for all intents and purposes what was really happening was the unification of the German people and the German lands. A phenomenon that, in the universe Simpson came from, had had very mixed results indeed. His wife, who knew far more general history than he did, was more sanguine about the matter.
When—cluck; cluck—they should obviously have adopted the skirmishing tactics of twentieth-century infantry. But it turned out, when put to a ruthless seventeenth-century Swedish general's test in his very rigorous notion of field exercises, that those professors of a later era had apparently never tried to stand their ground when cavalry came at them. After they fired their shot, and needed one-third of a minute— if they were adept at the business, and didn't get rattled—to have a second shot ready.
Although Torstensson's English was still heavily accented, by now he'd not only become fluent in the language—he'd been almost fluent, anyway, when the Americans had first met him as the commander of Gustav Adolf's artillery—but was even becoming adept at American idiom. " Simpson's frown came back. "I certainly wouldn't put it that way, to the prime minister. " Stearns handed Wood a steaming mug. "Sorry about hauling you up here on such short notice. " After taking a seat, Jesse shook his head.
1634: The Baltic War (The Assiti Shards) by David Weber, Eric Flint