EM EM : monthly magazine - 01.07.1941, Blaðsíða 3

EM EM : monthly magazine - 01.07.1941, Blaðsíða 3
Em Em 3 Military Experts Predict Long War Unless We Step In S5y CHABLES P. STEWART Ts l , ' Central Press Columnist t MILITARY men in Washington generally are forecasting a long war — unless f the SUnited $ States gets^lnto^it Ton ' a í large ‘T scale, * not alone with s u p p 1 i e s, but w i t h _ soldiers, too. _ __ Experts^s a y they don’t bér líeve Herr Hitj ler can effect a landing, of any c o ns e q u ence upon English soil. They agree that he may drop a few par- , •* achutists, « b u t Winston Churchill only to be cap« _ _ 'tured as fast as they hit the ground. To accom- plish anything worth calling an in- vasion, the experts’ consensus is that he’ll have to ferry an enor- mous force across the channel or the North sea and they’re very confident that he can’t do it—that he couldn’t get the would-be invad- ers ashore, even if they succeeded in arriving within wading distanc.e of John Bull’s beaches. And com- petent critics 1 think the i British fleet is quite competent to prevent that. Their judgment is that Adolf won’t try it, either, ’ because he must realize that his losses would be enormously greater than : he could stand. In fact, they argue that a German army of invasion, by water, simply^would be com- pletely wiped out. . _____ -4 The psychological moment for'a German attempt at an invasion, if any, of the.island, aceording to our American observers, ‘ would have been ^directly after France’s col- lapse." Having let that semi-oppor- tunity pass, tljey argue, the Fueh- rer isn’t a bit likely to undertake any invading now—and if he does,' they predict that it will be his fin-. ish. ---- _ ._ 1 P U) Churchlll Strategy ',*" ~ ,i f.íTrue,^ Prime \ Minister Winston Churchill and other leading Brit-' ons keep í vociferously warning their countrymen, as if they felt certain the Nazis already are gird- ing for a speedy invasion move- ment. Our skeptical military folk, however, surmise that Winston,’ ,et al, merely are doing their best >to scare their public, just as Bill KmídfiemltLÍíavy iBecretary * Knox ív: i their chorus are straining, thcir vocal chords to scare us. For, if a man has plenty of fight in hisi system, the worse he’s scared the uglier he is. That’s notorius. So, as our military authorlties see the situation, England can1 stand the Axis oíf indefinitely. j But that doesn’t mean that the British can lick Hitler, thereby ending the war. Though perhaps Hitler can’t get to England, to score a knockout, neither can the Britons dispose of him without in- vading Germany—Italy not being regarded as of much importance, providing • the Nazis can be con- clusively thumped. Now, an invasion of Germany can’t but be a formidable chore. Well-posted commentators cal- culate that the job would call for at least 5,000,000 man power. Am-; ple equipment alone wouldn’t suf- fice. Men, and lots of ’em, would be essential. | And Britain can’t put a force of 5,000,000 able-bodied scrappers into1 the field. It hasn’t got that many, or anywhere near it. The conclusion, then,' seems to be that there’s got to be an inva- sion of somebody by somebody to end the pending conflict. The best guess is that the Axis isn’t equal to pulling off suCh an invasion of England and that the British aren’t equal to invading Germany effectively vv.gpe* i vSo_what?ji _ v’ptj & • May Last for Years \ rWhy, it would appear that the strife, as it’s being conducted to- day, must string out intermidably —maybe for years. ». If it’s a fact that Herr Hitler, can’t invade England now, indica-1 tions are that he never will be able to do it, since he already has about all the help that he ever is likely to get. Britain, though, has one imag- inable helper—us. John Bull and Uncle Sam doubtless could mus- ter, between them, 5,000,000 men. (e Once in Germany, the presump- tion is that those 5,000,000 could make things so unplcasant for the Germans that they themselves would overthrow Adolf, totalitari- anism would go into the discard, and everything would be lovely. Am I arguing for active Ameri- can participation in that war ? Not by a blank sight. I’m only epito- j mizing what our military experts; -- ■ ,™ .! Pie Queen Seventeen-year-old Elsie Benson, of Geneva, N. Y., was named winner in the annual national cherry pie baking contest in Chicago. Shown sampling her pastry, Elsie gets $100 and a trip to the national capital. Count Pierre de Chaponay, cousin of the King of Belgium and son of the Princess of Orleans, arrives in New York from Lisbon. The count wants to joiu the KAF but is too • ... as yet. -_j


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