It was bitter economic war that Great Britain was waging against Germany last week, as Sir John Simon made clear in his budget message (see p. 24). That Germany would fight back as ruthlessly was made equally clear when blockade-scared Berlin announced that armed merchantmen would be sunk without warning (see p. 34). There was good reason for Germany's retaliatory step, because Britain had already made gains in its economic offensive. Life in Germany was becoming increasingly grim. Items:

¶Food was scarce and hard to get. The average German was nearly always hungry,...

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