Excerpt from Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 188: July-December, 1910
Dover he opened a new chapter in the military history of the British Isles.
Our Navy declares - and I hope with reason - that it is able to destroy any and every enemy who approaches these islands of ours by sea. But our Navy has never pretended, and obviously cannot pretend, to exercise any effective control by strictly naval means over a foe who arrives in this coun try by any alternative route, whether above the sea or below it.
The Government is some times blamed for not having taken the lead in the fascin ating science of aerial naviga tion, and for allowing us to remain several years behind France and Germany in the design and utilisation of air ships of all kinds. There are some grounds for these com plaints, but it was certainly not in our true interests to take the lead in promoting a science which is bound, though to what extent is a matter of opinion, to affect the predominant position which we have hitherto held at sea.
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