12 SEPTEMBER 1940, Page 12


SIR,—With reference to your note in your issue of September 6th, 1940, concerning the Army's part, I must congratulate you on sounding a note of warning against such a dangerous policy, viz., a grand scale offensive against Germany. I should like to ask the following ques- tions:

(0 Have we got a General Staff sufficiently trained to plan and direct such an enormous undertaking?

(2) Have we got training areas in Great Britain of sufficient magni- tude to practise an army and air force in combination of movement such as Germany has?

(a) Have we got sufficient reserve of man-power to force a decision? If not then there can only be one result, viz., a stalemate and a com- promised peace.

The whole idea seems to smack of the 1914-1918 strategy. Your argument that it is only by building up a colossal Air Force with which to smother Germany with bombs, which is well within our power, and use the army to defend Great Britain and certain strategic points, and combine this with the blockade appears to be ent'relY logical and sound. Finally, I suggest that no one would be more t itis- fied than Hitler if we should undertake such a dangerous adventure as a great offensive against Germany.—Your faithfully, 28 Cambrian Road, Richmond, Surrey, W. B. Cunt