Crisis at Sea: The United States Navy in European Waters in by William N. Still Jr.

By William N. Still Jr.

Crisis at Sea is the 1st entire historical past of the us army in eu waters in the course of global conflict I. Drawing on colossal American, British, German, French, and Italian resources, the writer provides the U.S. Naval event as the US moved into the fashionable age of naval battle. now not constrained to an operations account of naval battles and techniques, this volume—the moment in a series—examines diplomatic regulations, cupboard judgements, logistics, the house entrance, help structures, and shipbuilding to demonstrate the complexity and enormity of America’s naval participation in global battle I.
            this can be a thorough remedy of not just the occasions but in addition the personalities of the warfare, with specific cognizance to the problems they confronted. The ebook finds penetrating insights into the USA’ kinfolk on the earth, the nation’s unpreparedness for this sort of struggle, the bounds imposed at the military by means of the cupboard, and the unforeseen end to the conflict. a lot of the author’s exhaustive learn is new, akin to using French respectable files and British memories of the yankee ships and sailors. This publication could be the ordinary reference quantity for libraries and severe students with a unique curiosity in global conflict I and within the historical past of warfare.

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Yet, as David Trask notes in an introduction to Sims’s chronicle of the war years, The Victory at Sea, he is not as well remembered as other naval officers who held important commands during wartime. 4 William Sowden Sims was born to an American engineer and a Canadian mother on October 15, 1858, in the village of Port Hope on Lake Ontario, a fact more than once cited to explain his Anglophilism. Sims usually ignored remarks written about 22 Crisis at Sea him, but he rankled at being referred to as Canadian rather than American.

Admiral Benson approved but called for an independent naval force. 66 The Atlantic Fleet was anchored in the York River near Hampton Roads when orders were received on April 6 to mobilize for war. ”67 Nonetheless, the Department had begun to arrange naval collaboration. On March 24, Wilson wrote Daniels, “the main thing is no doubt to get into immediate communication with the [British] Admiralty . . ” Rear Admiral William S. Sims was soon sent to Great Britain with instructions to begin consultation with the Admiralty and other officials.

Recognition that the Navy’s primary responsibility was to protect lines of communication to the Allies. Emphasis on offensive operations. ” He asked what the Admiralty intended to do. 99 The president sent a copy of his letter to Daniels implying that the United States should develop its own naval policy. Finally, on July 5, Lord Northcliffe, an influential British publisher and confidant of the prime minister, reported from Washington the American dissatisfaction with British naval policy. S.

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