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Fighting the Great War at Sea

Strategy, Tactics and Technology
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 30 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: History, Military
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While the overriding image of World War I is of the bloody stalemate on the Western Front, the overall shape of the war arose out of its maritime character. It was essentially a struggle about access to worldwide resources, most clearly seen in Germany's desperate attempts to counter the American industrial threat, which ultimately drew the United States into the war. 

This radical new book concentrates on the way in which each side tried to use or deny the sea to the other, and in so doing describes rapid wartime changes not only in ship and weapons technology but also in the way naval warfare was envisaged and fought. Melding strategic, technical, and tactical aspects, Friedman approaches World War I from a fresh perspective and demonstrates how its perceived lessons dominated the way navies prepared for World War II.

©2014 Norman Friedman (P)2019 Tantor

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dull, Dull, DULL

An ideal textbook for the Naval War College. On the plus side, it devotes equal time to the British and German fleets, Otherwise a book totally devoid of anything other than the minutiae of logistics, academic tactics, naval personnel matters, and after action reports. Not a whit of the actions actually fought or the human juice and anguish of war at sea.. Even Jutland is looked at through the rear view mirror. It may be academically precise, but as a read it is excruciatingly dull.