Naval History of World War I

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There have been a number of studies published on the activities of British and German navies during World War I, but little on naval action in other arenas. This book offers for the first time a balanced history of the naval war as a whole, viewed from the perspective of all participants in all major theaters. The author's earlier examination The Naval War in the Mediterranean, 1914-1918, centered on submarine activities and allied efforts to counteract this new menace. With this welcome sequel he again takes ...
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There have been a number of studies published on the activities of British and German navies during World War I, but little on naval action in other arenas. This book offers for the first time a balanced history of the naval war as a whole, viewed from the perspective of all participants in all major theaters. The author's earlier examination The Naval War in the Mediterranean, 1914-1918, centered on submarine activities and allied efforts to counteract this new menace. With this welcome sequel he again takes the reader beyond those World War I operations staged on the North Sea. Halpern's clear and authoritative voice lends a cohesiveness to this encompassing view of the Italians and Austrians in the Adriatic; the Russians, Germans, and Turks in the Baltic and Black Seas; and French and British in the Mediterranean.

Important riverine engagements--notably on the Danube--also are included, along with major colonial campaigns such as Mesopotamia and the Dardanelles. The role of neutral sea powers, such as the Swedes in the Baltic and the Dutch in the East Indies, is examined from the perspective of how their neutrality affected naval activity. Also discussed is the part played by the U.S. Navy and the often overlooked, but far from negligible, role of the Japanese navy. The latter is viewed in the context of the opening months of the war and in the Mediterranean during the height of the submarine crisis of 1917.

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In contrast to the numerous studies of the British and German navies during WWI, Halpern history, Florida State U. offers a history of the naval war as a whole, covering all participants in all major theaters. His earlier The Naval War in the Mediterranean, 1914- 1918 centered on submarine activities and Allied efforts to counter this new threat. With this sequel, Halpern again takes readers beyond those WWI operations staged on the North Sea to include the Italians and Austrians in the Adriatic; the Russians, Germans, and Turks in the Baltic and Black Seas; and the French and British in the Mediterranean. Includes a 26-page b&w map section. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557503527
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 323,999
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
1 The Naval Balance in 1914 1
2 Northern Waters: The First Six Months 21
3 The Mediterranean: 1914-1915 51
4 Sweeping the Seas
The Defense of Allied Trade 65
German Forces Overseas: Colonies and Cruisers 70
The Imperial Convoys 84
Coronel and the Falklands 88
5 The Overseas Campaigns
Abortive North Sea and Baltic Projects 101
The Defense of Egypt and the Suez Canal 106
The Dardanelles Campaign 109
The Mesopotamian Campaign 124
The Eastern Mediterranean after the Dardanelles 132
North Russia 134
6 The Adriatic
Italy Enters the War 139
The Adriatic Stalemate 145
Evacuation of the Serbian Army 152
The Drifter Patrol and the Otranto Barrage 159
Attempts to Break the Adriatic Stalemate 166
7 The Baltic
German and Russian Naval Plans 179
Opening Moves 183
British Submarines 187
The 1915 Campaign 190
The British and Russian Submarine Offensive 199
1916: Mine Warfare Predominant 206
1917: Revolution and Paralysis 212
Operation Albion 213
8 The Black Sea
The German and Turkish Challenge: 1914-1916 223
Amphibious Operations on the Caucasus Front 238
Russian Naval Superiority 247
Decline and Collapse of the Black Sea Fleet 250
9 The Danube
The Serbian Campaign 261
The Romanian Campaign 275
10 From Dreadnoughts to Submarines: 1915-1916
The Germans Search for a Strategy 287
The First Submarine Campaign 291
The "Restricted" Submarine Campaign 304
The Battle of Jutland 310
Resumption of the Submarine Campaign 329
11 The Submarine Crisis: 1917
The Decision for Unrestricted Warfare 335
The Peak of German Success 340
British Minelaying 344
The Dover Barrages 346
The Convoy System 351
German Surface Raiders 370
The High Sea Fleet and the Submarine Campaign 375
12 The Mediterranean: 1915-1918
The U-Boat Flotilla 381
Ineffective Allied Countermeasures 385
The British Direct the Antisubmarine War 390
The Mediterranean Convoy System 394
13 1918: The Submarine Threat Contained
A New Strategy for the Grand Fleet 403
The Dover Strait and the Coast of Flanders 405
The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids 411
The Last Sortie of the High Sea Fleet 417
The Atlantic Bridge 421
The Northern Barrage 438
Naval Aviation in the Final Months 441
Der Tag: The End of the War 444
Maps 451
Notes 477
Select Bibliography 535
Index 557
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    Excellent

    This one of the best books I've seen on this subject. Lots of attetion payed to the secondary thearters particularly the Black, Baltic and Adriatic Sea. Its a good blend of techincal information combinde with aproriate attention payed to the Men involved. Although Hardly light reading it is engaging and enjoyable.

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