are fulfilled; Germany's cap lation to all the Allies will lu taken jab= by the time this epee; In which case no more comment will be needed. These paragraphs . therefore, written on the supposir that Himmier's surrender • offer to tiers on insistence that it must inch surrender to the Soviets
There is one supremely import military factor in the German offer the Western Allies at the expense the U.S.S.R. and a is by way of he the enemy's remaining trump es This trump card Is possession of European ports by which, " Liberator " confirmed on Sunday the Observer Europe s five in coming months can be decided. adapting a continental land and bor ing policy on a totalitarian scale have produced the extraordinary sy tack 'hi Europe blockading the sea stead of the sea Eteope. Hitter's p garrisons, until they are overcome, do for Europe (which now coma millions of Allied soldiers) what at end of the last war, and for so months after it. the British Navy cot and did, do. German surrender Britain and America would dream: cally raise this blockade. thus giv as the means of saving Europe fe possible catastrophe of plague a famine.
A delay of a month or two in gett all the Atlantic and Nook Sea reship-worthy may mean the differer between hardship and disaster for • " liberated " countries, and perhr for ourselves. If, therefore, I rt the Himmler offer aright, and in ; vance. it means a choice for the Wc ern Allies and Europe between st porting Communism to the last dii or sabotaging Europe from pestiler and famine. or so the enemy calculat The alternative is the very early c:
tore, by force, of the ports. H. soon this can be done I do not knc I can, however, say with confider that Allied Headquarters would pre to see De Gaulle setting about liberation of the French ports, inste of standing on his digney abt Stuttgart and trying the veneraI Marshal Pbtain as a traitor.
The murder of Mussolini, and t spitting on his corpse by the gall:Italian " Patriot" will not dimin the general satisfaction that Fie Marshal Alexander is disarming thi " allies." Indeed., with the Wehrmai it, disintegration. let us hope ii Anglo-American military power v he created to stop murder—for that the proper name for what some pot
cal drunkards call rough ithstiee."