Catalogue Ref: BP01013015906
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum, London.
In November alone, the German forces sank the following British naval units: one aircraft carrier, one cruiser, three destroyers and a number of smaller vessels. They damaged two battleships including the Prince of Wales, the Repulse and the seaplane carrier Unicorn, of 14,500 tons. That's only a part of the price paid for the attempt to wage naval warfare on the Churchillian scale.
Losses of this rate render far more difficult the task of the British commanders in solving every problem that the war presents. Naval power for Britain is not an independent function. It is an indispensable aspect of her war potential as a whole.
The United States are compact. The defence of their territory in the North American continent is no difficult matter. But the British Empire is scattered all over the world and is incomparably more assailable than the USA. What [President] Roosevelt may lose in the Pacific is small in comparison with what Britain stands to lose.
Even India is threatened. Canada is practically an American dominion, ruled by Roosevelt. The fate of Australia and New Zealand hangs in the balance.
The Royal Air Force is too weak. The Royal Navy is too weak. And as yet, the common sense of the British people is too weak to perceive the catastrophic nature of the plight into which they have allowed Churchill to lead them.