A History of the Royal Navy: World War I
The first history dedicated to the Navy’s contribution to and influence on the Great War. Published by I. B. Taurus.
Although World War I is one of the most documented conflicts of the modern era, the war at sea has been largely overlooked. And yet, at the outbreak of that war, the British Government expected and intended its military contribution to be largely naval.
Britain was not defending just an island, but a far-flung empire. Without the Royal Navy such an undertaking would have been impossible. In many respects the Navy fought along the longest 'front' of any fighting force of the Great War, and it acted as the leader of a large alliance of navies. It fought in the North and South Atlantic, and in the North and South Pacific; its ships traversed the globe from Australia to England, and its presence extended the war to every continent except Antarctica. Because of the Royal Navy, Britain could finance and resource not only its own war effort, but that of its allies. Following the naval arms race in the early 20th century, both Britain and Germany were equipped with the latest naval technology, including revolutionary new vessels such as dreadnoughts and diesel-powered submarines.
The Navy might not have won the war, but, as Winston Churchill put it, she ‘could lose it in an afternoon’. Over 43,000 British Navy personnel lost their lives fighting on the seas in World War I. This book tells their story and places the Royal Navy back at the heart of the British war effort.
Published by I. B. Taurus
216 x 135mm
50 b/w int, 16 colour in 8pp plates, 6 maps
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