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A RAID ON ENGLAND

POSSIBILITY THAT MUST BE FACED.

The London ' Times\s' military expert, in his article on October 15, discusses the possibility of a German attempt to invade England, and calls upon Great Britain to be prepared for such 'an emergency, and not rely tuo much on the shield of the Navy.

"Now that the war is reaching the climax of its violence," he says, "we must anticipate that all the forces of Germany will be . thrown into the conflict, and that the German navy will no longer remain inert. Wc must expect to be attacked at homo, and must not rest under any comfortable illusions, but look the situation calmly in the face. From a soldier's point of view, the naval defence of the British Isles present* difficulties which not even the preponderance of ships can with absolute assurance overcome. The length of our coasts; the absence of our best troops over the sea; tho want of a national army which is still only forming: the menace of the submarine, which keeps our grand fleet often far from an ultimately decisive point; the Zeppelins; the mines, and other war conditions mQ.re or less novel, throw upon Admiral Jpllicoo a burden of responsibility which must not bo underrated."

The expert contends that Germany, while acknowledging the uncertainty of success in such an undertaking, will probably hope to keep the British Navy engaged W German skipe. -K-bilc transports, escorted by a. few of the older warships, slip across and make a. landing in England under the protection of mines, submarines, and vessels sunk in a fairway. " There is ample shipping in German ports for the embarkation of a quarter of a million men," the expert continues. " From the evidence we have had of the. calmness with which the German generals sacrifice life to obtain objects, we can ibe sure that the loss of 50,000 men in transit would be. considered a cheap price to pay for the landing of the remainder of the force in England." The writer argues that Germany is well able to spare troopa for the attempt, and, although oads are against its aucces*, the adventure may be trieij. He urges tho Government to announce promptly the measures it proposes to take and to instruct the public how to act in case of such an emergency. He also suggests_ the appointment of a com-mander-in-chief, and warns the people against indulging in a false sense of security.

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A RAID ON ENGLAND, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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A RAID ON ENGLAND Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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