H.T. Webster cartoon in The Globe and Commercial Advertiser of New York.
The U-boat launched an entirely new form of naval warfare, and the Allies spent most of the war looking for ways to counter the threat. Some of the suggestions proved more effective than others. Here, a cartoonist pokes fun at some of civilians' more simplistic ideas for defeating the submarine menace. Vice Admiral William Sims, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters, clipped this cartoon out and sent it to his friend, Captain William V. Pratt, of the Chief of Naval Operations staff. In pencil, he jotted the words "Exactly this thing was seriously presented to me by an "inventor"!!!"