Fighting The Great War At Sea, Strategy, Tactics and Technology

A tour de force by one of the leading naval historians. The Great War was the first industrial war in history, introducing significant new technologies and total war, on land, in the air and at sea . – Most Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Fighting The Great War At Sea, Strategy, Tactics and Technology
FILE: R3129
AUTHOR: Norman Friedman
PUBLISHER: Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword 
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £45.00                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Dreadnought, Super Dreadnought, cruisers, heavy cruisers, battlecruisers, 
aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers, anti submarine warfare, armoured warships, 
oil fired turbine power, heavy guns, aircraft spotters, global warfare, naval warfare, 
wireless telegraphy, radio telephony, unrestricted submarine warfare, merchant 
convoys, Q ships, commerce raiders, major fleet action, Battle of Jutland, Battle of 
the Falklands, amphibious warfare, Gallipoli Campaign, Great War, WWI, World 
War I, World War 1, First World War.

ISBN: 978-1-84832-189-2

PAGES: 416
IMAGE: B3129.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A tour de force by one of the leading naval historians. The Great 
War was the first industrial war in history, introducing significant new 
technologies and total war, on land, in the air and at sea . – Most Highly 
Recommended.

The author has a fine portfolio of naval histories to his credit, many of them being 
what are likely to be the definitive studies in their fields. Matched with a publisher 
leading in the field of naval history and with a solid reputation for high quality books 
that feature rare images and special technical drawings, the result has to be a major 
addition to available knowledge in the field of naval warfare.

The subject of war at sea during the Great War is perhaps that most difficult subject 
because of the numbers of completely new factors in naval warfare. The German use 
of submarines led the Royal Navy to develop new and effective forms of anti-
submarine warfare, including the use of escorted convoys and the use of airships to 
provide a new form of additional escort for coastal convoys. Commerce raiders 
proved a special threat to the long sea lanes of the British Empire and led to task 
groups to hunt down the raiders. To counter U-Boats the British built Q-Ships that, 
like the German commerce raiders, were innocuous merchant vessels with a heavy 
armament and special buoyancy to survive torpedo strikes and encourage the U-Boat 
to surface, to be destroyed by the heavy covert armament.

The Royal Navy established  a global signals intelligence capability that monitored 
German radio traffic and triangulated on German commerce raiders and warship 
squadrons, directing a task force to destroy them. Radio also became a new and 
effective way of coordinating aircraft and airships with warships and merchant vessels.

Naval aviation introduced huge new capabilities. The Royal Navy pioneered the basis 
of shipborne naval aviation, planned the first carrier strike force attack on the German 
High Seas Fleet, which was never launched because the RAF was formed to 
amalgamate all British military aviation, with little interest in destroying the German 
High Seas Fleet in port. The plans were dusted down in WWII by the recently formed 
Fleet Air Arm and used against the Italian Fleet in port with great success, inspiring 
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

A period of great naval innovation, covered well by the author.