Hutchison's Pictorial History of the War, No. 1, Vol. 2

HUT CHIN SON’S PICT O RIAL HISTORY O F THE WAR to sous far to get into fighting trim. Wc are in avery different position from what we were ten weeks ago. Wc arc far stronger than wc were ten weeks ago we arc far better prepared to endure the worst malice of Hitler and his Huns than at the beginning of September. Our Navy is stronger. Our anti-U-boat forces are three times as numerous. Our Air Force is much stronger. Our Army is ingrowing numbers and improving in training everyday. Our air-raid pre­cautions arc very different from what they were at the outbreak of war. The attack of the U-boats has been controlled, and they have paid a heavy toll. Nearly all the German ocean-going ships are hiding and rusting in neutral harbours, while our world-wide trade steadily proceeds in 4,000 vessels, of which 2,500 are constantly at sea, guarded by the Royal Navy. The superior quality of our Air Force has been proved in both pilots and machines over the enemy. Our air­craft have shot down 15 German oversea raiders with­out losing one machine in the combats. Now the mists and storms of winter wrap our island and make con­tinuous bombing attack of military objectives far more difficult. We have a marked advantage in the higher range of science applied to war, and this is improving with every wreck that passes. I do not doubt myself that time is on our side. I go so far as to say that if we come through the winter with­out any large or important event occurring we shall in fact have gained the first campaign of the war and wc shall be able to set about our task in the spring far stronger, better organised, and better armed than ever before. Let us therefore bear discomfort and many minor—and even perhaps needless—vexations let us bear them with patience, with understanding patience, because we arc all the time moving forward tow'ards greater war strength, and because Nazi Germany is all the time under the grip of our economic warfare falling back in oil and other essential war supplies. It maybe, of course, that at anytime violent and dire events will open. If so, wr c shall confront them with fortitude. If not, we shall profit to the full by the time at our disposal. But, as you may have noticed, General Goering—I beg pardon, Field-Marshal Goering— who is one of the few' Germans who have been having a pretty good time for the last few years, says that wc have been spared so far bccause Nazi Germany is so humane. They cannot bear to do anything to hurt anybody. All they ask for is the right to live and to be let alone to conquer and kill the weak. Their humanity forbids them to apply severities to the strong. It maybe true, but when we remember the bestial atrocitics they have committed in Poland wc do not feel wr e wish THE FIRST LORD MEETS THE COMM AND ER-IN -C HIE F Mr. Winston Church ill discussing the progress of the war with General Viscount C.ort, the Comm and er-in -Chief. in France.
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