ECONOMIC FRONT: Polite Strangulation

Economic warfare must be regarded as a vital offensive arm complementary to the operations of the three [fighting] services, and the activities of the Ministry will be of the widest scope.

So read an opening communiqué from Britain's new Ministry of Economic Warfare, which last week set quietly about its business of strangling Germany internally while warriors blasted it from without.

In World War I, the similar Ministry of Blockade did not really get the screws on before 1917. When it did, the results were accounted the greatest single factor leading to Germany's final collapse. The Blockaders under Lord Robert (later League-loving...

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