Series: Imperial War Museum Series
Based on gripping first-hand testimony from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, this book reveals what it was really like to serve in the Royal Navy during the First World War. It was a period of huge change – for the first time the British Navy went into battle with an untried weapons system, dreadnoughts, mines, submarines, aircraft and airships.
Officers and men, from admirals down to the youngest sailors, faced the same dangers at sea. They all confronted the ever-present prospect of being blown to pieces or choking to death, trapped in a compartment or turret as they plunged to the bottom of the sea. In their own words they share their experiences, from long patrols and pitched battles in the cold, rough water of the North Sea to the perils of warfare in the Dardanelles; from the cat-and-mouse search for Vice-Admiral Graf von Spee in the Pacific to the dangerous raids on Ostend and Zeebrugge. We see what it was like to spend weeks in the cramped submarines of the period, or to attack U-boats from unreliable airships.
Mixing insightful narrative with many never-before-published stories, Julian Thompson has written a compelling history of the Royal Navy during the First World War that pays tribute to the men who fought, and sometimes, died, for their country.
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