The Naval History of the World War: Offensive Operations, 1914-1915

The Naval History of the World War: Offensive Operations, 1914-1915

The Naval History of the World War: Offensive Operations, 1914-1915

The Naval History of the World War: Offensive Operations, 1914-1915

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As the Germans had thus failed to make any aggressive naval preparations, but had concentrated all their energies upon the unsuccessful military plan of the German General Staff, Sea Power in the hands of the Entente Allies became a controlling force at the very beginning of the World War. This was not in the least affected by the isolated episode of the great " dryland " military assault upon France, and the broad strategic situation, which had been thus created at the outset in 1914, should be summed up at this time.

The error of the German military leaders, in not combining the efforts of their Army and Navy, had, as a matter of cause and effect, conceded in advance to the Entente Allies this outstanding advantage of Sea Power. The die was cast on the military field of battle alone, as has been described, and Germany was left without recourse against Sea Power. As a consequence of this failure of the Germans to disturb the prewar naval situation, the Entente Allies, from conditions established before the beginning of the war, possessed so great a superiority in naval strength that it was not overturned, or seriously endangered, until the Germans had at last waked to the possibilities of the naval arm, culminating in the destructive campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare in 1917. This broad situation in 1914 defined the naval strategy of the Entente Allies upon . . .

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