some time I had been contemplating the military situation in its
largest sense. I had been thinking of water, air and earth as
units. I had been at some pains to study the question of the
necessary limitations of the three arms of war. I knew the
history of Napoleon gazing glumly across the Channel, after his
triumphant snatch at Europe. I had written a paper in The
Fatherland called "The Future of the Submarine". I pointed
out that hardly anyone had believed in the naval value of these
craft until three British cruisers were sunk in fifteen
minutes. I pointed out that this demonstration would convince
treasuries. Every nation would mobilize all the brains and all
the gold and all the influence to find a means of opening the
wound. I prophesied a development of the submarine as astounding
as that of railways and automobiles — which dated from the hour
when they were proved practicable and useful.
— The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.
New York, NY. Hill and Wang, 1969. Page 755.