From February 15 to 24 the conference continued to hear the proposals for disarmament made by the leading delegate of each country. China requested limitation to a figure based on territory and population and asked for “moral” disarmament. Siam, India, and Peru submitted their proposals. M. Constantin Maynard, the delegate from Hayti, made the longest speech of the conference to date, in which he related the troubles of his small nation and stated that he approved the French proposals because of “the French blood in Hayti.” For Germany, Ambassador Nadolny submitted the proposals outlined previously by Chancellor Bruening. Germany rejected the draft treaty and urged abolition of all combatant air forces, of conscription, of frontier forts, and of forts, such as Gibraltar, that command natural waterways between seas. It was proposed that all capital ships be abolished and that naval forces be confined to cruisers and destroyers. A capital ship was defined as any ship over 6,000 tons or one mounting guns larger than six inches; a cruiser as one of 800 to 6,000 tons with 4- to 6-inch guns. The limits for a destroyer were to be 800 tons and 4-inch guns.
Notes on the Geneva Conference
By Lieutenant Commander Schuyler Mills, U. S. Navy