SIR,-1.11 combating the unreasoning hostility and gross unfairness of the English Press to Germany, you and other writers in the CATHOLIC HERALD are doing a valuable service to both countries.
I must confess, however, that I fail to see what good can come from the attempts of Messrs. Jerrold and Wall in your last week's issue to minimise the probable effects of German air attacks on this country. In the present state of AngloGerman relations, theirs is, I fear, a most dangerous optimism. Many competent authorities hold that England's geographical position in relation to Germany together with the singular distribution of her population and industries are such that in the event of war she would find herself in most deadly peril. It is feared, too, that for certain strategic and geographical reasons, neither sea power nor reprisals, wherein Messrs. Jerrold and Wall respectively place their trust, would greatly avail us in a war with Germany.
In any case, it is surely clear that neither undernor over-statement of the effects of German air attacks on Britain can possibly advance the all-important cause" of AngloGerman friendship.
T. F. O'REILLY. Purley, Surrey.