Excerpt from Stead's Review: Sept Oct, 1915
Russia is still starving for munitions of war. Can she get them quickly 9 Ob~ viously she cannot. We may be sure that Vladivostok is tremendously congested. That the poor docking facilities at Archangel have been unable to cope with... the amount of munitions which would be needed if the Tsar's troops are to advance at once. The submarin ing of the India, off the coast of Nor way, proves pretty clearly that the Ger mans seem to be under the im pression that supplies of war ma terial are being sent to Russia via the White Sea. Mention has been made of mines to the north of Nor way, and the presence of the auxiliary cruiser in that neighbourhood certainly suggests that ships laden with supplies have to be convoyed. Or. At any rate, closely watched. \ve have heard a good deal about the handsome way in which Japan returned to Russia all the guns the Mikado's forces had taken from her in the last war. It was a generous thing to do, and raises the Japanese higher than ever in our esteem, but it is ex ceedingly doubtful if these weapons, ten, and in many cases, fifteen years old. Will be of much service in the field to-day. The Russian artillery in the japanese war was admittedly not very good, and, even if it had been thoroughly up to date, the gun ri¿ing would speedily be torn to bits or worn out by the more powerful propellent powders now used. The \vhite Sea freezes up this month, and it is quite obvious that Russia cannot possibly get the supplies she needs via the sooo-mile railway, which. Unguarded for the most part, stretches across frozen Siberia from Vladivostok to Moscow.
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