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 communication and firepower He charts how Allied supremacy led the Central Powers to attempt to revolutionize naval warfare by pursuing unrestricted submarine warfare, ultimately prompting the United States to enter the war Victory against the submarine challenge, following their earlier success in sweeping the seas of German cruisers and other surface raiders, left the Allies free to use the world s sea lanes to transport supplies and troops to Europe from overseas territories, and eventually from the United States, which proved a decisive factor in their ultimate victory....
|Title||:||The Great War at Sea: A Naval History of the First World War|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press September 22, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||417 pages|
|File Size||:||582 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Great War at Sea: A Naval History of the First World War Reviews
Professor Sondhaus is one of my most favorite writers. His understanding of the Austro-Hungarian Navy is profound. With his SOLID reputation he has been contracted to do MANY books and this is one of them. And therein lies the rub, or so I suspect.
I was surprised (pleasantly) in the first few pages when I learned that the German navy's non-participation in the Franco-Prussian war probably sparked the naval arms race leading up to the Great War. The strong feelings of "never again" - exacerbated by the launching of HMS Dreadnaught and Kaiser Wilhelm II's ascension to the throne added tension and momentum to that fatal competition.
I found Professor Sondhaus’s The Great War at Sea to be an excellent synthesis of many sources combined with a number of incisive insights into aspects of the naval struggle in the First World War. No single book can hope to cover this topic comprehensively, but The Great War at Sea hits all the main issues effectively and efficiently. The combined chronological and thematic approach (following the timeline generally but exploring the broader themes underlying events as they occur) works effectively to illuminate the main themes of the naval conflict.