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"The More Shell the Surer the Victory and the Speedier the Victory": The Minister for Munitions

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When it was announced that there was to be established in this country a Ministry of Munitions of War, the move was hailed with much satisfaction, and that stisfaction was increased when Mr. Lloyd George was appointed to the Ministry in question, for e, above all other poHticians, s a believer in getting on with the war, whether the pregress hurts certain peope’s susceptibilities or not Since the formation of the department he has been exceedingly active. He has made numerous very important speeches on the subject, and, what is much more, has seen to it that our output of munitions of war has increased to an unparalleled extent. Aneg his pronouncements will be remembered : ” Everybody must do what he can, and there are two reasons for that The first is that we want to produce as much shell as we can possibly get, because the more shell the surer the victory and the speedier the victory. We want to turn out so much that when the hour arrives we will just crash our way through to victory.”

Again : ” What I want to impress both on the House and the counry is that the duration of the war, the toll of life and limb levied by the war, the amount of exhaustion cused by the war, economic and financial, depend on the supply of munitions which the rival countries can produce to equip their armies in the field That is the cardinal fact of the situation.” And again : “The war has resolved itself into a conflict between the mechanics of Germany and Austria on the one hand, and the mechanics of Great Britain and France on the other . . . This is a war of material Inadequate material means defeat; sufficient material means victory.” The truth of Mr. Lloyd George’s assertions is obvious, and never was it better proved than by the great British and French advances reported on September a6 ; for these very important moves forward were made after the enemy positions all along the line had been shelled very heavily for a considerabe period. Without such action, it need hardly be said, the much-desired progress could not have been accomplished.


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Issue 3989. - Vol CXLVII

Oct, 02 1915

Illustrated London News