Despatches from the Front, The Royal Navy and the War At Sea, 1914-1919

B2176

This series of books provides primary source material in the form of correspondence home and official documents sent back by commanders. This book is ably introduced and compiled, providing a very interesting set of views of the war at sea. There is a strong photo plate section that features extended captions and will appeal to many readers who may not take WWI naval history as a first choice. Historians, enthusiasts and naval professions will value the logical and clear layout.

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NAME: Despatches from the Front, The Royal Navy and the War At Sea, 1914-1919
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2176
AUTHOR: John Grehan, Martin Mace
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 204
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Royal Navy, naval architecture, naval combat, submarines, battleships, Q-Ships, cruisers, destroyers, torpedo boats, aircraft carriers, White Russians, Intervention Forces, Naval Division, Western Front, commerce raiders
ISBN: 1-78159-317-5
IMAGE: B2176.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This series of books provides primary source material in the form of correspondence home and official documents sent back by commanders. This book is ably introduced and compiled, providing a very interesting set of views of the war at sea. There is a strong photo plate section that features extended captions and will appeal to many readers who may not take WWI naval history as a first choice. Historians, enthusiasts and naval professions will value the logical and clear layout.

Official and private correspondence from the battlefields on land, at sea and in the air is essential material to enthusiasts and historians. It provides insights that are not available in other forms and it provides a narrative in the language of the time. In collecting together a representative selection of material and introducing it provides a very easy to follow format that is of considerable value to any researcher and allows the enthusiast to go directly to primary source as a comparison with historians accounts.

WWI was a unique period for the Royal Navy. The rearmament program that introduced Dreadnought and then developed from that revolutionary base for battleships was matched by new designs for destroyers, cruisers and other established classes. The submarine represented a major new direction, as did naval aviation. The RN had a well-developed stores and transport system through DGSTN that included special vehicles that were capable of transporting major aircraft components by road and recovering sections of crashed German airships. The RN also had, in addition to the Royal Marines, its own army group in the form of the Naval Division that fought alongside British Army Divisions on the Western front. The addition of naval aviation and carriers also gave the RN its first strategic bombing capability and pioneered the concept of pre-emptive strike on warships in port and on the means of production within the enemy’s territory. As the other Services were converting into peacetime organization in 1918, the RN was to continue on into 1919, providing intervention forces that were sent to assist the White Russians against the insurgents during the Russian Civil War that followed WWI. This was a shadowy area and some RN personnel to not leave Russia until 1923.

All of these factors required new tactics and strategies that led to the RN becoming an all-arms Service until the formation of the RAF in 1918, and the disbandment of the Naval Division.

The selected material in this excellent book provides a set of examples of this wide scope of RN activity during the War at Sea and the parallel battlefields on land and in the air.

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