To Crown the Waves

The Great Navies of the First World War

  • Subject: World War I | Drachinifel YouTube Channel - Reading List
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    24 b/w photos, 9 maps 
  • Published:
    June 25, 2021
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  • Product Dimensions:
    9 × 6 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    17 oz
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The only comparative analysis available of the great navies of World War I, this work studies the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, the German Kaiserliche Marine, the U.S. Navy, the French Marine Nationale, the Italian Regia Marina, the Austro-Hungarian Kaiserliche und Königliche Kriegsmarine, and the Imperial Russian Navy to demonstrate why the war was won not in the trenches, but upon the waves. It explains why these seven fleets fought the way they did and why the war at sea did not develop as the admiralties and politicians of 1914 expected.

After discussing each navy’s goals and circumstances and how their individual characteristics impacted the way they fought, the authors deliver a side-by-side analysis of the conflict’s fleets, with each chapter covering a single navy. Parallel chapter structures assure consistent coverage of each fleet—history, training, organization, doctrine, matériel, and operations—and allow readers to easily compare information among the various navies. Such a study has special relevance today as twentieth-century navies struggle to adapt to twenty-first-century technologies.

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