This contradiction arises from the fact that military science assumes the strength of an army to be identical with its numbers.
With reference to the military side--the plan of campaign--that work of genius of which Thiers remarks that, "His genius never devised anything more profound, more skillful, or more admirable," and enters into a polemic with M. Fain to prove that this work of genius must be referred not to the fourth but to the fifteenth of October--that plan never was or could be executed, for it was quite out of touch with the facts of the case.
There are sacrifices in any military campaign.
He saw on the one hand that the military business in which he had played his part was ended and felt that his mission was accomplished; and at the same time he began to be conscious of the physical weariness of his aged body and of the necessity of physical rest.
Upon the military insurrection of September 1881, Sherif was summoned by the khedive Tewfik to form a new ministry.