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BY CAB TO THE FRONT.

TAXI-CABS AS TRANSPORTS. TROOPS FOR THE COAST-LINE. 8.30 a-m.^ LONDON, April 2. As a precaution in the event of invasion the War Office has arranged with the taxi-cab companies to secure at any time 2000 taxi-cabs in London for the purpose of transporting 10,000 troops to the coast.

The numerous difficulties which stand in the way of a successful invasion of Britain by Germany nave rarely, if ever, been set forth as clearly and convincingly from a nautical point of view as "by "Master Mariner" in the "Contemporary Beview." The writer shows that the transport of an invading force of 70,000 men, with 14,000 horses and the requisite artillery, etc., would require 200,000 tons of shipping, which if immediately available and commandeered for the purpose, could not be piloted down to the open sea in less than two or perhaps three high tides. The first of these vessels, if it crossed independently, would anchor off the British coasts 24 hours in advance of the last, and could only land its men when the wind was blowing off shore. The passage would occupy from 50 to 60 hours after leaving harbour, and every hour thus lost to the enemy "would be gained to us for concentrating our defences, and especially our coastal destroyer flotillas. These helpless ships (of the invaders), crowded with men, would form an easy target for torpedo craft or mine layers even in small force, and the sinking of a few would probably cause panic among the remainder." Anything like a surprise landing the writer treats as an impossibility, and the Home authorities would have "five flays In which to recall our main fleets by wireless telegrams before a single German soldier had set foot on British, soil, or enough to fetch our ships from as far as Gibraltar in one direction, or i&e Gulf of Finland in the other." But, supposing the invaders actually on shore, not less than "three weeks would elapse from the first move in the game to the day on which the invading army was ready to advance, even if we offered no opposition afloat or ashore tip to that point, an assumption which, no seaman will concede." For these and other equally cogent reasons, " Master Mariner" dis» misses as chimerical all apprehension of a German invasion of the Mother Country, always provided that she keeps her navy up to the mark.

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BY CAB TO THE FRONT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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