World War: Hit-and-Ruin Raids

In the Seven Years' War, William Pitt the Elder undertook, besides the great designs which built the British Empire, several extravagantly expensive miniature military exploits, for which his opponents hotly criticized him. They said he was "breaking windows with guineas." In the last three weeks Great Britain has pulled off three strange baby invasions apparently as pointless as Pitt's exercises seemed to those critics. And before them had gone a whole series of similar raids—none of which was officially announced. But the British contended that this time they were throwing brickbats around, not just money; this time they claimed there was...

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