Matthew S. Seligmann

in The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901-1914

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199574032
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741432 | DOI:

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This chapter considers the successes and failures of these policies when the test of war came in 1914. Many pre-war assumptions quickly proved unfounded. The Germans did not deploy as many auxiliary cruisers as the Admiralty feared. Nevertheless, many of the measures taken to forestall this proved useful in other ways. Mauretania proved a capable hospital ship and then troop transport; battle cruisers proved their value at the battle of Dogger Bank; the global intelligence network proved invaluable as a source of information for merchantmen; and mounting defensive armament on cargo vessels turned out to offer some protection against U-boats. Thus, if the threat was not as great as feared, the countermeasures that had been put in place proved their utility in other ways.

Keywords: First World War; war at sea; U-boats

Chapter.  4202 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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