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The Great War at Sea: A Naval History of the First World War

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This is a major new naval history of the First World War which reveals the decisive contribution of the war at sea to Allied victory. In a truly global account, Lawrence Sondhaus traces the course of the campaigns in the North Sea, Atlantic, Adriatic, Baltic and Mediterranean and examines the role of critical innovations in the design and performance of ships, wireless ...more
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published August 31st 2014 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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“There is something wrong with our bloody ships today.” Vice Admiral David Beatty to Captain Ernle Chatfield at the Battle of Jutland

H.H. Asquith British Prime Minister 1906-1916: “with deference to our soldiers, this war has been won with sea power.”

The Great War at Sea: A Naval History of the First World War by Lawrence Sondhaus is a detailed look at how sea power played a role in WWI. Sondhaus is an associate professor in the department of history and political science at the University of I
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This is the most comprehensive history of the naval conflicts during the First World War that you can read. Every Navy that was involved in the war is detailed down to the number and type of ships. Every engagement between the different navies is detailed as to ships, strategy and outcome.

Sondhaus begins by describing the ship building programs that were in place prior to the war and the types and numbers of each Navy just prior to the War. He then goes on to discuss the ships that were lost and
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Aug 24, 2014 Prasanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The First World War was mainly fought on land. However, navy played a key role in the outcome of the war.The expanding British navy, shifting alliances, and Germany’s entry resulting in the naval arms race sets the backdrop of years before the war broke out.The book covers naval developments of the times in great detail as the author covers, politics, technology, strategy, and tactics in context of the Navy before and during the First World War.

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