Memorandum to
War Cabinet on trade blockade

This memorandum, written a month before Germany declared 'unrestricted submarine warfare' against Allied shipping, asserts optimistically that, 'with some minor exceptions, practically no goods coming from overseas are getting through to Germany'. It reveals many important aspects of the blockade policy: the delicate negotiations with neutral countries such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark, which had strong trading links with Germany; the loopholes in the blockade system that allowed some goods to reach Germany; and the vast range of products that the blockade attempted to deny to Germany.
Catalogue reference: CAB 1/22 (1 Jan 1917)

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