The Channel Tunnel (26 december 1913)
The Channel Tunnel
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.
Sir, — The following dialogue which I had recently with a distinguished naval officer of the younger school may seem to bear upon this subject :—
Q.- What Would be the result if a flotilla of submarines got among a fleet of transport carrying troops ?
A.- They would he helpless. They would be destroyed.
Q.- Could submarines be prevented from coming down the North Sea in war time ?
A.- I don't see how they could.
Q.- Would a cordon across the Straits of Dover protect transports to the south of that cordon ?
A.- Submarines could only easily dive under any cordon.
In a word it would be impossible under present conditions to send any expeditionary force abroad without grave risk of appalling disaster. Is this not a sound military argument for a tunnel ?
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, Dec. 23.
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