Britain's New 10,000-Ton Cruiser is Now BeingRepaired But Admiralty Fails to Reveal Exactly
What Happened to Vessel—20 Members
of Crew Wounded—Minesweepers
Make Big Haul of German
LONDON, Nov. 25—(C.P.)—The British admiralty announced Friday night that the ne\y 10,000 ton cruiser Belfast had been damaged "by a torpedo or a mine" in the Firth of Forth on Nov. 21.
Exactly what happened to the vessel was not disclosed but 20 of the crew were reported wounded. Five are in hospital with minor head wounds and the others were reported to have been treated in a naval hospital.
The condition of all was said to be satisfactory. One report said that after the incident other vessels hurried to the Belfast's assistance. Persons in a nearby train saw her return damaged to harbor.GERMANY CLAIMS HEAVY DAMAGE DONE
(The German high command claimed in Berlin that a submarine heavily damaged the Belfast, a new 10,000-ton cruiser in the Firth of Forth in the second serious raid on that base.)
The Belfast was launched March 17, 1938. She carries 12 six-Inch guns and 12 four-inch anti-aircraft guns and can make 32 1/2. knots. The admiralty announced that repairs to the Belfast have already begun.
LONDON, Nov. 25.— (C.P.)—Neutral protests failed to sway Great Britain today from her determination to intensify her economic war on Germany by selling German exports.
The list of countries which have made or plan to make represent a plans against the allied decision includes The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Denmark. The last three were added today.
The only great powers among the neutrals who have not Indicated their attitude are the United Slates and Soviet Russia.There were indications Britain would reply that protests should he addressed to Germany, whose mine campaign called for the export blockade,
SEIZURE MAY START
An order-in-council, Implementing the British decision to seize German exports is expected Tuesday. While a fleet of trawlers and minesweepers combed the sea lanes for explosives laid, British authorities said, by Nazi airplanes and-submarines, the royal navy Issued a call to deep sea fishermen between the ages of 18 and 45 w volunteer their services.
THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1939
Hitler And TheLow Countries
If Hitler does in fact Invade The Netherlands and Belgium, It will be for the same reason that he Invaded Poland because he and his regime have reached a point where they must have wars and violence In order to continue to exist at all.
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As a national enterprise of the German people, the Polish war was obviously as costly a blunder as a statesman ever made; it entailed the destruction of the German power in the larger part of that region from the Baltic to the Balkans which Germany has always regarded as her national sphere of influence.For Hitler did not go to war to establish the German power In eastern Europe: on the contrary, until he went to war, the German power was for all practical purposes Irresistible in eastern Europe.
What Hitler did in August was to sacrifice the power he already had in order to be allowed to wage a triumphant and meaningless little war. He did not fight that war to gain something Important for his country; he gave up things of the highest importance to his country In order to fight the war.
If now he attacks The Netherlands and Belgium, it will not be because there is anything to be gained for Germany. It will be because he must again sacrifice the real interests of Germany In order to obtain temporary relief for his regime from the suffocating effect of Inactivity and frustration. He -will now be moving toward a tangible objective. He will be moving because, If he stands still, he will fall down.
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