Mare Nostrum (Our Sea)

Mare Nostrum (Our Sea)

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Excerpt: ...nor of guns. Neither is it an affair of munitions.... It is a short and well-paid job that will make us go very little out of our way on our return to Barcelona." He stopped himself in his confidences, feeling a curious hesitation and finally he added, lowering his voice: "The Germans are paying for it!... We are going to supply their Mediterranean submarines with petrol." Contrary to all Ferragut's expectations, his second did not make any gesture of surprise. He remained as impassive as if this news were actually incomprehensible to him. Then he smiled lightly, shrugging his shoulders as though he had heard something absurd.... The Germans, perhaps, had submarines in the Mediterranean? It was likely, was it, that one of these navigating machines would be able to make the long crossing from the North Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar?... He knew all about the great atrocities that the submarines were causing in the vicinity of England, but in a greatly reduced zone in the limited radius of action of which they were capable. The Mediterranean, fortunately for the merchant vessels, was quite beyond the range of their treacherous lying-in-wait. Ferragut interrupted with his meridional vehemence. Beside himself with passion, he was already beginning to express himself as though the doctor were speaking through his mouth. "You are referring to the submarines, Toni, to the little submarines that were in existence at the beginning of the war-little grasshoppers of fragile steel that moved with great difficulty when on a level with the water and might be overwhelmed at the slightest shock.... But to-day there is something more: there is a submersible that is like a submarine protected by a ship's hull which is able to go hidden between the two waters and, at the same time, can navigate over the surface better than a torpedo-boat.... You have no idea what these Germans are capable of! They are a great nation, the finest in the world!..." And with impulsive...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236722566
  • 9781236722560