The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1916. GERMANY'S NEXT MOVE.
Grmuss appears to have reaebtd n certain erieii in hef war agaiust the Allies, and ber Best move will be watohed with interest. There »ra n»oy theories bb to whit that next move will bo. A short time ago it wai thought that the Anßtro'Qensan foreeii would poor down Into Egypt, vchlle the noribern winter prevented any great aetWity Iα Baniaer France. That idea appeata 10 taate been abandoned, a> the boildiDg o( the railway to carry the men and necessary ■appliei wt« farad impraetieable. There was ■Iμ ft wild theory that the Kaiser w*a liuiag lo marofa to India. The latest news It bead is » great aoremont of troope on Uic W«lero eeene, where the Belgian froaiiwa Mβ eloted. Thli aiWek en Fraooe wm totim raw mottw wfcw tt w»»
pointed out that all the stories of attack on Egypt and India were only a blind to keep the Western front lees jealously guarded Needless to say, there has been no slackenng orguard in Franco, and the Allies are now aa well equipped in the way oi ammnnition as the Germans—a very different state of things from wbat were to be found there a year ago, If the Germans are meditating a hot offensive, oar men, both French and English, are quite prepared to meet them. There comes a report through the Italian paper "Agenzia Nationals" that the Gar , mans are making a bold offensive en the sea in the spring. Hitherto, Germany's coups on the eea have been of the feeblest order, her battleships being qnite ontotassed by oars. Her only triumphs bo far have been the mnrder of viotima of submarine warfare. The statement that Germany can , not gain a decisive of victory by land and will paralyse the Allies by a coup on the sea is a sarprieing one. Germany has been talking all along of her great victories on land, and this statement oomee bb a surprise, There is nothing surer than that Germany has far less ehanee of victory on land than by sea. If she is going to throw all her forces into a eotsp on the sea, she must be in more desperate straits than is generally supposed. The British navy laas puniehed the Germans very hervHy in the past, and wants nothing better then an ecgagement with the German fleet. It is eaey to talk of a new type of torpedo and of 16_ inoh to 20 inch guns, but so far German naval war' fare has not been a thing of which the nation can make much boast.