World War: Battle to the Sea

Digging a tunnel under the English Channel from Calais to Dover (22 mi.) is a project discussed since Napoleon's time, repeatedly vetoed by Britain* lest it bring an invader from the Continent. Last week both Britain and France might have devoutly thanked God for such a passageway had it been bombproof. After the abrupt surrender of Belgian King Leopold (see p. 32), some 600,000 survivors of the northern Allied Armies were locked in a triangular trap between the Lys River, the Artois Hills and the North Sea (see map). As 800,000 Germans on the ground and thousand more in the sky...

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