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In 1914 the Royal Navy was the largest in the world, as the 'two power standard' meant that it had to be equal to the combined strength of any two other fleets. It had benefitted from the attentions of a dynamic First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Lord 'Jacky' Fisher. Fisher had thrown out many ships that 'could neither fight nor run away', been responsible for the creation of the 'Dreadnought' class, the world's most modern battleship, and had recognised the importance of submarines and aviation. Yet, the Royal Navy had also suffered from almost a century without war, and the initiative allowed to warship commanders had been lost in a service more concerned with fleet manoeuvres and evolutions. "Royal Navy Handbook 1914-1918" tells the story of how the 'Senior Service' adapted to the demands of war. As well as the climactic Battle of Jutland, the Royal Navy fought many engagements across the globe, was given responsibility for the air defence of the United Kingdom and sought to protect merchant shipping from U-boat attack.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750942034
ISBN-10: 0750942037
Format: Paperback
(263mm x 194mm x 10mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Wragg

DAVID WRAGG has written some twenty books on aviation and naval history, including the Royal Navy Handbook 1939-1945 (due 2005), Fleet Air Arm Handbook 1939-1945 (Sutton, 2001 and 2003), and Carrier Combat (Sutton, 1997, and The Naval Institute Press, USA). He lives in Scotland.

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