9781601050397 / 1601050399

Our Navy At War


Publisher:Scholar's Bookshelf



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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1922 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXVI AFTER THE ARMISTICE NAVAL DIPLOMACY PREVENTED CLASH IN FORMER AUSTRIAN TERRITORY AND STABILIZED CONDITIONS IN DISTURBED AREAS ANDREWS IN THE ADRIATIC--BRISTOL AT CONSTANTINOPLE MO CUL LY'S CONFIDENTIAL MISSION TO RUSSIA--MISSIONS OF ROOSEVELT AND BENSON SHIPS AND MEN SERVED AS ALMONERS TO THE STARVING. MEN in the fighting line were full of solemn thanksgiving the day the armistice was signed. At home we built bonfires and rejoiced. In Paris the celebration was a jubilee. It meant home to the Americans, with eyes turned toward our shores, coming back to firesides with the sense of a hard duty finished with honor. Much has been heard since November 11,1918, of regret that war was not continued until Berlin was captured. There was no such feeling on the front line on that glad day in November. The Allies could have gone on to Berlin, but the victory would have been no greater, only costlier in lives. Those who think that the troops should have been ordered "On to Berlin," instead of accepting the victory through the terms of the armistice, ought to recall the statement by Marshal Foch. When the terms had been drawn up, one of the American Peace Commissioners asked General Foch whether he would rather the Germans would reject or accept the armistice that had been drawn up. The commander of the Allied armies answered: The only aim of war is to obtain results. If the Germans sign an armistice on the general lines we have just determined we shall have obtained the result we seek. Our aims being accomplished, no one has the right to shed another drop of blood. But the armistice did not end naval operations in Europe. It changed them and lessened the number of ships and men required. The terms of the armistice were to be carried out. The Second Divisio...

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