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Date: 21 December 1917

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U-BOAT POSITION
OFFICIAL CURVES THAT SHOW HOW WE STAND

PRESS BUREAU, Thursday.
The Secretary of the Admiralty makes the following announcement:—

In view of the statement made by the First Lord of the Admiralty in the House of Commons on Thursday, 13th December, that the general curves of merchant tonnage sunk by enemy action and of German submarines sunk are satisfactory, it is thought that the public would be interested to see these curves, and they are placed at the disposal of the Press accordingly.

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LOSSES BY ENEMY ACTION OF MERCHANT TONNAGE, BRITISH, ALLIED, AND NEUTRAL.

With regard to the first diagram, the height of the enemy submarine attack upon merchantmen was in April, 1917, and that accounts for the quarter ending June shownig [sic] the "peak," since when the curve has steadily fallen, and in the last quarter of this year has reached the same figure as in the last quarter of 1916, which was before the unrestricted submarine attack began.

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GERMAN SUBMARINES SUNK.

The seoond diagram shows that since the quarter ending September, 1916, there has been a steady rise in the number of submarines sunk, and altbough for the last quarter of 1917 the number sunk has not further risen, it must be remembered that there are still the results of half a month to add, and we have already equalled the results of the quarter ending September, 1917.

Notes at the foot of the official diagrams (of which ours are a reproduction) explain that they are statistically accurate and drawn to scale, but that obviously the scale is not the same in both, one being for tonnage of merchant vessels and the other the number of subrnarines[.]


Source:
'U-Boat Position.' The Cambria Daily Leader. 21 Dec. 1917. 3.

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