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Great War at Sea: 1914-1918

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The author of The Bounty argues here that it was the war at sea, rather than the more famous land battles, that decided the course of World War I. This masterful narrative covers both the grand strategy and war at the individual level.
Paperback, 354 pages
Published March 23rd 2009 by Birlinn Publishers (first published 1983)
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Xan
Dec 05, 2013 Xan rated it liked it
Una historia de la flota inglesa antes y durante la IGM. No profundiza en los aspectos ténicos de los barcos, que da por conocidos por el lector, pero a cambio se centra en los altos mandos del almirantazgo y de la Flota. Crítico con los errores cometidos durante el periodo y con las tradiciones desfasadas de la Marina, es en conjunto un buen retrato de una época y de su evolución.
Sin apenas referencias a lo que sucedía en el frente terrestre durante la misma época, deja a medias la evolución de
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Mark
Feb 22, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of Richard Hough's book promises more than it delivers, for instead of providing a comprehensive coverage of the naval campaigns of the First World War he offers a study focused on the arms race involving dreadnought construction and the stalemated confrontation between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet between the start of the war and the battle of Jutland. While Hough's focus is understandable, it comes at slighting the myriad other aspects of the naval war: of t ...more
Simon
Oct 22, 2014 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's more of a "how did we all wind up at the Battle of Jutland?" story than anything else, although there are good passages about isolated duels in the Falklands and off the Chilean coast. But most of the German navy was bottled up for the duration of the war, aside from Jutland and a couple of other sorties. Hough isn't really interested enough in submarine warfare to focus much attention on it, and the book is too short in any event for that.

But he does give a very lucid account of the politi
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Craig Scanlan
Oct 16, 2016 Craig Scanlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty comprehensive, pretty interesting. It's a long read, but there's a lot to cover. I like the author's book on the Russo-Japanese War better. He wrote that when he was younger and it's brisk, but emotionally compelling. This work, written more toward the end of his life, feels more like a very precise attempt to document the "Great War at Sea." It's a bit less of a roller coaster ride as the other one, but amazing nonetheless. Also, he includes an amazingly helpful "recommended readings" at ...more
Bob Duke
Aug 11, 2015 Bob Duke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good account of the naval aspect of WWI which is often overlooked in favour of the Western Front. Worth reading to get a good overview of what the Great Britain and Germany were doing during the Great War.
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Jan 25, 2009 William Shep rated it really liked it
A great, one volume, and highly readable, account of the struggles and triumps of the British navy in the First World War.
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Biographer and maritime historian. he also wrote books for youths under the name Bruce Carter.

For more see the obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
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