In full swing last week, the 1938 Netherlands war games were, as usual, based on the problem "An orderly retreat from the German frontier and the taking up of positions on a new 'waterline' "—a strip of country that can be submerged within a few hours by opening strategic floodgates.

At The Hague, meanwhile, Her Majesty's Government pondered whether it might not on the whole seem provocative to continue war games at a time when almost all Europe had mobilized or was mobilizing (see p. 14). Finally Her Majesty's Government, resolute in...

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