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The Great War at Sea, 1914-1918 (edició 1984)

de Richard Hough

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The contest between the German and British navies during World War I was the greatest naval conflict in history. In this volume, Richard Hough presents a vivid and detailed account of this sea war, beginning with the build-up to war and ending with Germany's capitulation at the end of 1918. As much a history of men as of guns and ships, this contest pitted England's Winston Churchill, an arrogant but hard-working leader; the influential ex-First Sea Lord "Jacky" Fisher; and Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet Sir John Jellicoe against Germany's autocratic Kaiser Wilhelm and the men under his command. When war broke out, in August of 1914, Britain had ruled the seas, almost uncontested, for nearly 100 years and boasted the biggest, most heavily gunned battleship in the world, the Dreadnought. German submarines and floating mines put this supremacy to the test, and forced British naval leaders to devise techniques, such as the convoy, to combat German technology. Hough describes the war's major and minor batttles--fought in the Falklands, the North Sea, and the Dardanelles--and especially its climax, the 1916 Battle of Jutland, an indecisive confrontation that bitterly disappointed the Royal Navy. Among the many insights and interpretations that Hough brings to this work is his conclusion that the Royal Navy's defeat of the Kriegsmarine was the prime factor in the surrender of Central Powers' land forces at the end of 1918. With vivid portraits of historic figures, stories of behind-the-scenes political battles, and numerous maps and photographs, The Great War at Sea offers a lively, authoritative account of a dramatic era of naval history.… (més)
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Títol:The Great War at Sea, 1914-1918
Autors:Richard Hough
Informació:Oxford University Press (1983), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Maritime, Naval History, World War One, World War One Naval, Submarines, Zeebrugge

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The title of Richard Hough's book promises more than it delivers, for instead of providing a comprehensive coverage of the naval campaigns of the First World War he offers a study focused on the arms race involving dreadnought construction and the stalemated confrontation between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet between the start of the war and the battle of Jutland. While Hough's focus is understandable, it comes at slighting the myriad other aspects of the naval war: of the sixteen chapters, only five do not address either one of these two relatively narrow aspects of the war at sea. Yet Hough is an able writer who provides a gripping account of such events as the pursuit of Germany's Pacific Squadron or the battle of Jutland. Readers seeking an entertaining account of the naval war will not be disappointed by this book, though those desiring a more comprehensive analysis would be better served turning to Paul Halpern's superb [b:A Naval History of World War I|16720656|A Naval History of World War I|Paul G. Halpern|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1386587161s/16720656.jpg|1607472]. ( )
  MacDad | Mar 27, 2020 |
The Great War at Sea: 1914 - 1918 by Richard Hough is arguably one of the best accounts of the naval battles of the First World War that you will find in a single volume – pertaining to Great Britain and Germany. Hough focuses mostly on these two countries, covering the dreadnaught race and Jutland battle very well, but leaving me feeling that something is missing. The book is well written and researched, as we would expect from this author, and I did not come across any misinformation within its pages, but I felt that there should have been more mention of the United States Navy, even though they did not play a great part in the war, they certainly did participate

From a reviewer’s standpoint, this is clearly a good recommend for the student of naval history, although I would suggest further study as there are other aspects of the war that are lightly touched on in The Great War at Sea.

Reviewed April 4 2018 by Daniel L Little - www.daniellittle.com ( )
  Sturgeon | Apr 19, 2018 |
Excellent, as Hough always is, but a)Why no mention of Konigsberg, use of Monitors and airplanes to sink otherwise untouchable ship? 1st time use of this combination. B) Why no mention of E. African lakes and Brit naval actions there?
c) Brief and unfair mention of SMS Emden and none of any other surface raiders.
Lacunae= Bad judgment and editing SEL ( )
  sterlingelanier | Sep 24, 2015 |
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The contest between the German and British navies during World War I was the greatest naval conflict in history. In this volume, Richard Hough presents a vivid and detailed account of this sea war, beginning with the build-up to war and ending with Germany's capitulation at the end of 1918. As much a history of men as of guns and ships, this contest pitted England's Winston Churchill, an arrogant but hard-working leader; the influential ex-First Sea Lord "Jacky" Fisher; and Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet Sir John Jellicoe against Germany's autocratic Kaiser Wilhelm and the men under his command. When war broke out, in August of 1914, Britain had ruled the seas, almost uncontested, for nearly 100 years and boasted the biggest, most heavily gunned battleship in the world, the Dreadnought. German submarines and floating mines put this supremacy to the test, and forced British naval leaders to devise techniques, such as the convoy, to combat German technology. Hough describes the war's major and minor batttles--fought in the Falklands, the North Sea, and the Dardanelles--and especially its climax, the 1916 Battle of Jutland, an indecisive confrontation that bitterly disappointed the Royal Navy. Among the many insights and interpretations that Hough brings to this work is his conclusion that the Royal Navy's defeat of the Kriegsmarine was the prime factor in the surrender of Central Powers' land forces at the end of 1918. With vivid portraits of historic figures, stories of behind-the-scenes political battles, and numerous maps and photographs, The Great War at Sea offers a lively, authoritative account of a dramatic era of naval history.

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