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GREAT BRITAIN: Britannia Rules

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Britons got a big lift to their morale last week. According to British leaders, the nation’s bone and gristle are growing stronger after three years of struggle.

> Since the beginning of 1940, said Minister of Production Oliver Lyttleton, British war production has been increased five and a half times.

> British aircraft production is four times what it was at the start of 1940. “We [the United Nations] have now caught up and far passed the total Axis output of aircraft.”

But the greatest news for seagoing Britannia was First Lord of the Admiralty A. V. Alexander’s recent reports that naval losses suffered since the war began have been replaced, and that in some categories the Navy has grown in size and power. Newest battleships to join the fleet: the Anson and Howe, mighty 35,000-ton vessels, each carrying ten 14-in. guns. As to merchantmen, the First Lord proudly reported that Britain still produces “more tons of shipping per man than they do with all the modern methods in America.”

Britain’s Navy is still far greater than the landbound German Navy and the fainthearted Italian Navy combined.

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