WESTERN THEATRE: Neutral Preparedness

Some years before World War I, the Kaiser took Queen Wilhelmina—a plump, sweet-faced young matron—out to his Army maneuvers. Intending to impress his little neighbor with Germany's military might, he pointed out to her a strapping unit of the Prussian Guard.

"They are all eight feet tall, Your Majesty," ominously observed the Kaiser.

"The streets of Amsterdam can be flooded nine feet deep, Your Majesty," observed the Queen.

Last week the heroine of this legend was once more thinking of the German Army and The Netherlands' floodgates. Nowadays you can stop an army...

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