Naval Warfare 1914–1918

From Coronel to the Atlantic and Zeebrugge

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Pub Date 14 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 09 Dec 2021
Amber Books Ltd, Amber Books

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The struggle for naval supremacy and the naval arms race inspired by HMS Dreadnought may have captured the headlines, but the opening stages of the naval war were dominated by the threat from German cruisers stationed outside European waters, until they were hunted down and sunk by the Royal Navy, notably at the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914. Germany switched its focus to the U-boat, seeing it as a weapon capable of winning the war by starving Britain into surrender. Unrestricted submarine warfare led to the sinking of millions of tons of shipping, but it would also force the USA to enter the war on the Allied side in 1917. In the Mediterranean, the French fleet took the lead, while Austria-Hungary supported German actions. The Allied attempt in 1915 to use maritime power to break the strategic deadlock with an amphibious operation in the Dardanelles ultimately failed, although Allied sea power helped sustain the successful campaigns against the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East. What would prove to be the decisive naval engagement of the war took place in 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. Whilst the clash itself was inconclusive, the German High Seas Fleet would be all but confined to port for the rest of the war, handing the initiative to the Royal Navy. The resultant command of the seas allowed the Allies to carry fresh American armies and much-needed supplies to Europe in 1917. However, victory for the Allies was ultimately delivered by the naval economic blockade. By preventing the import of war materials and food, the fighting power and morale of the German armed forces was weakened. It was the mutiny of the High Seas Fleet in October 1918 that prompted the German Revolution and the subsequent abdication of the Kaiser. With the aid of over 300 photographs, complemented by full-colour maps, Naval Warfare provides a detailed guide to the background and conduct of World War I naval operations, describing the struggle to win control of the high seas around the globe.

The struggle for naval supremacy and the naval arms race inspired by HMS Dreadnought may have captured the headlines, but the opening stages of the naval war were dominated by the threat from German...


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There are so many aspects of war, and the navy is just one part of it. There are times when having a strong navy comes in handy - and this was evident during the first world war. With the added benefit of having first-hand accounts, this book pulls together the battle for the seas perfectly! For those that love naval warfare, you are in for a sure-fire treat with this book! I truly enjoyed reading through this one, as it not only satisfied the history lover in me but gave me a better understanding of the naval powers in World War I. Having done a lot of research into naval warfare in WWII, it was nice to see and connect the dots on advancements and needed advancements that were targeted, the difference in how battles were conducted, and how the powers that be did their best to dominate the seas. This book is perfect for the military history lover in your life, and a perfect addition to any home library!

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