British air forces 1914-18(I) by Andrew Cormack

By Andrew Cormack

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The British Empire was an obstacle of a different order. The German Army could exert little influence on a people whose island heart was so well protected by a powerful fleet; nor was it of much value as an instrument of policy overseas so long as that fleet remained supreme. But the Reichstag was as reactionary as the federal Diet had been; it obstinately refused to vote funds for more than a small coast-defence force. The Kaiser had, however, already found the man to realize his dream, Alfred von Tirpitz.

E. T. Harper. The late Admiral Sir William Tennant for the loan of the series of lectures on Jutland which he delivered to the Royal Naval Staff College. The Earls Jellicoe and Beatty for access to the papers of Admirals of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe and Lord Beatty, for permission to quote from them, and for other help. The late Admiral Sir Frederic Dreyer for many personal recollections of Admiral Jellicoe and Jutland whilst assisting with his autobiography, The Sea Heritage. Professor Arthur Marder amd Mrs John Marsden-Smedley for letters written by the late Rear-Admiral the Hon.

For reasons of space I have abbreviated quotations from documents and other sources without disfiguring them with ellipses. I have not, of course, distorted their sense. ’ I still recall posing that apparently simple question to the naval history instructor during my national service in the Royal Navy. Of course his answer was not nearly so uncomplicated; though Britain lost the most ships, Jellicoe did not, as Churchill had feared he could, lose the war in an afternoon. The failure of the German High Seas Fleet to put to sea again and its final disintegration into mutiny were enough to play a vital part in British victory.

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