Extract: "The garrison port of Portsmouth was mobilized. Not for the "real thing," be it understood, but for the quarterly practice laid down in the joint Naval and Military regulations of 1917.
Everything, thanks to rigid administration, had hitherto proceeded with the regularity of clockwork; The Army officials were patting themselves on the back, the Naval authorities were shaking hands with themselves, and, in order to cement the bond of unity, each of the two Services congratulated the other.
To the best of their belief, they had reason to assert that Portsmouth was once more impregnable. A series of surprise torpedo-boat attacks upon the fortress had signally failed.
Author: Percy F. Westerman
Title: The Rival Submarines
First Published by: S. W. Partridge and Co.
Place: London and Glasgow