Title THE GREAT WAR AT SEA, 1914-1918.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Oxford Oxford University Press 1983
0192158716 / 9780192158710
Seller ID 23733
353 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "(The author) describes the years leading up to 1914, the Kaiser's burning resentment of Britain's unchallenged supremacy at sea, and the headlong race to war, accelerated by the construction of the 'Dreadnought', the biggest, fastest, and most heavily gunned battleship in the world. During the course of the war there were shocks and disappointments for both sides. The Royal Navy found itself dogged by a lack of secure bases, over-rigid battle orders, uncoordinated planning, and poor signalling. Operations, from the North Sea to the South Atlantic, were carried out against a background of feuds, scheming, and personality clashes at the Admiralty. Was there 'something wrong with our bloody ships', to echo David Beatty at Jutland? Could the appalling losses have been avoided during the Darndanelles campaign? Why were crucial signals received at the Admiralty filed instead of being acted upon? The Battle of Jutland was the greatest naval battle of the war, but also the greatest disappointment: who was really to blame for the inconclusive outcome? But despite the losses and the mistakes, the brilliance and courage of many men shine through: the invaluable decoding work of 'Room 40'; the resilience of the commanders; the unfailing bravery and high morale of the men on the lower decks; and the excellent relations between the British and American Navies towards the end of the war. It is Hough's contention that the Royal Navy not only beat the Kriegsmarine without resort to a bloody Trafalgar, but that its unrelenting pressure was the prime factor which led to the defeat on land of the Central Powers by the end of 1918. This account shows how that victory was achieved between 4 August 1914 and the abject surrender of the High Seas Fleet over four years later." Slight bump at top/bottom of spine, a few pages with tiny corner crease, minor browning mark on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing, tiny dint on rear hinge.