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April 20, 1918


Author Affiliations

Lieutenant, M. R. C., U. S. Army. B. E. F., France.

JAMA. 1918;70(16):1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600160054020

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To the Editor:  —I came over here, sailing about the 20th of July and reaching "Old Blighty" on the —. We had a foretaste of what was coming in the following incidents. We suddenly awoke one Sunday morning to the thunder of gunfire. About 600 miles off the — a submarine came up about — behind us and commenced to shell us. Soon we were replying and putting on full steam. Ultimate score was one run for us with no hits on either side. Next day a deckhand reproved the chief gunner for his inaccuracy. He replied somewhat as follows: "You do not understand the science of gunnery, fellow. If our 6-inch shell had hit them square it would have simply put two clean holes in her sides like a punch and they could stuff them up with their coats and go on about their business. We were trying to

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