From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 8 August 1914:

‘The question that every man is asking is, What news of the Fleet? As we write on Friday it is almost impossible to answer this question. All we know is that our Fleet is in the North Sea and doing its duty. In all human probability it is as we write heavily engaged in action, but how that action goes it is impossible to say. Modern naval battles take up almost as much room as modern land battles, and it is quite possible that a fight begun off the North of Scotland may be decided far to the South, or actually off the Dutch coast.’

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