THE NAVAL SITUATION.—In conjunction with the German offensive by land, many believe that the Germans are ready to attempt a great naval offensive. However, there is no evidence that the Germans are preparing to send out their fleet. Such action seems improbable since the Allies have become so strong through the arrival of American units, including a large number of destroyers. It is felt that the Germans would surely lose and then would be at the mercy of an Allied landing.
The forces of the Allies on the sea are working in as perfect harmony as they now are on land and there is no opportunity to catch the staff unprepared. It is more probable that the Germans are ready to conduct other forms of naval warfare by means of auxiliary submarines and raids by cruisers and destroyers accompanying mine draggers in an effort to clear mines from the channel along the Belgian coast and in the North Sea. They may also send a Corsair cruiser into the Atlantic in an effort to aid the submarines operating spasmodically in mid-ocean and on the American coast.