The Royal Navy and the War at Sea - 1914-1919

Martin Mace

 
Date Published :
February 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Despatches from the Front
Illustration :
Illustrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781593172
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Germany’s attempts to build a battleship fleet to match that of the United Kingdom, the dominant naval power on the 19th-century and an island country that depended on sea born trade for survival, is often listed as a major reason for the enmity between those two countries that led to the outbreak of war in 1914.

Indeed, German leaders had expressed a desire for a navy in proportion to their military and economic strength that could free their overseas trade and colonial empire from dependence on Britain’s good will, but such a fleet would inevitably threaten Britain’s own trade and empire.

Despite this backdrop of large standing navies, naval warfare in the First World War was mainly characterized by the efforts of the Allied powers, with their larger fleets and surrounding position, to blockade the Central Powers by sea, and the efforts of the Central Powers to break that blockade or to establish an effective blockade of the UK with submarines and raiders. Indeed, the use of the former saw naval conflict enter a new era, one that affected every member of the British population and, in 1917, raised the specter of a German victory.

This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history.

Dispatches in this volume include those relating to the events at Antwerp in 1914, Royal Navy armored car squadrons, the Battle of Dogger Bank, the Battle of the Falklands, the Battle of Heligoland Bight, minesweeping operations, Royal Naval Air Service operations and attacks, and, of course, the Battle of Jutland.

About The Author
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Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty-five years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences and stop lines in West Sussex. Following the success of this book, he established Historic Military Press, which has published a wide range of titles. In 2006 he began working on the idea for Britain at War Magazine, the first issue of which went on sale in May 2007. This publication has grown rapidly to become the best-selling military history periodical on the high street. Martin now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

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