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the third time theGermans entered the comparative inactivity of
winter with victory to their credit. In 1915, it was Russia that was defeated, in 1916, it was Roumania and in 1917, it was Italy. How ever the Italians had again regained their fighting spirit and 1918 finds them winning the greatest victory of the whole war over the Austrians in the fighting that extended from the Piave River to the Tagliamento and which resulted in the destruction of the Austrian armies and a bag of 500,000 prisoners for the Italians. Austria, as a result of this victory sued for peace and General Diaz, the Italian commander imposed terms that amounted to an unconditional sur render. The Italians not only fought their own battles with Austria but they furnished a quarter of a million men for the west front, soldiers who proved themselves to be every whit as good fighters as were to be found among any of the allies. THE WAR ON THE SEA. Fully as important as the campaigns on the land has been the work of the navies on the sea. It has been accepted as an axiom that that the nation who has control of the sea is bound to win and this in a measure accounts for the frantic efforts of the Huns to gain such control in the present war. The naval war really began when England mobilized her grand fleet on August 3rd, 1914. Immedi ately the British fleet began to work in every corner of the sea, seek ing out German vessels and destroying them, reducing the colonies of her adversaries and protecting the commerce from the ruthless destruction of the barbarian. Before the first month of the war was over the British fleet had won a victory over the German fleet near Helgoland a strongly fortified island in the North Sea near the Ger man coast. The Germans from the first placed great confidence in their submaries and it was soon seen that they had a strong instru ment of warfare in this type of boat. For a time they confined the attacks of this undersea wasp to the legitimate work of destroying the opponents warships and England and France both lost rather heavily at first, before methods of defense and attack against the U boats as they were called, were developed. The next naval battle of any importance occured in November when a British cruiser fleet was destroyed by Admiral Von Spee off the coast of Chili. This German fleet was in turn destroyed by the British fleet near Falk- 11.