- Hardcover: 591 pages
- Publisher: US Naval Institute Press; First edition (March 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870212664
- ISBN-13: 978-0870212666
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unlike most other treatments of World War I at sea, Mr Halpern does not succumb to the temptation to concentrate on the Battle of Jutland and submarine warfare in and around the British Isles to the exclusion of all other theaters.
The book includes a refreshingly detailed examination of cruiser warfare, mine warfare, riverine warfare and the first halting steps of the various Fleet Air Arms. Conflict is detailed in the Pacific, the Mediterranean, the Adriatic, the Baltic, the Black Sea, on the Danube River and in many other generally ignored locations.
Additionally, the usually irritating and occasionally disastrous effects of political considerations are also brought to light. The intricate and frequently ignored cause-and-effect relationship of one theater to another is carefully included in the narrative.
Perhaps the most laudible aspect of this volume is the Mr. Halpern manages to include all of these diverse facets of the naval conflict without becoming bogged down in minutia or losing sight of the "big picture." Although much detailed information is presented and many obscure considerations revealed, the author maintains a focussed and methodical pace of delivery that holds the reader's interest from beginning to end.
This book is an indispensable asset for anyone interested in a treatment of the Naval History of the First World War that remembers that there are more to the world's great waterways than the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. Very highly recommended.
In this respect, Paul Halpern is the ideal person to write an overall history of the conflict at sea. A longtime naval historian of the era, he approaches the subject from his earlier work studying the First World War in the Mediterranean, a long-overlooked front that engaged many navies not traditionally covered in histories of the war. This equips him with a background and perspective that is perfectly suited for a broader study of the naval history of the war, one that he displays on nearly every page. Beginning with a short survey of the navies of the major powers, he goes on to discuss the exciting pursuits of the first months of the war before taking the reader on a tour of the many neglected fronts, from the Black Sea to the Danube River. To accomplish this, he draws upon his own considerable work as well as many of the often-neglected official histories and memoirs, many of which require the surmounting of numerous language barriers.Read more ›
I was particularly surprised to read about the claim for Russian naval superiority in the Black Sea region, since I had previously assumed that the Germans and British were dominant everywhere, from the North Sea to their colonial battles in the Atlantic and the Pacific. Russian amphibious operations in 1916 were uniformly successful, although "there is no comparison between the problems the Russians faced and the fierce resistance the Allies met when they landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula" (p. 245). But revolution and subsequent civil war at home brought an end to major Russian involvement in the war, including their naval operations.
According to Halpern, Gallipoli itself, arguably the most famous failed amphibious operation in world history, was actually not due to the failure of British submarines to sink opposing vessels, as some have speculated. Instead he insists that their "exploits...were...the proudest and most successful aspect of the Dardenelles campaign" (p. 119), and that it was the determined Turkish resistance that led to disaster and the fall of the British First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill.Read more ›
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This is an excellent and well balanced study of the 1st World War at sea. It takes the reader into many little explored corners of the subject yet still provides depth and... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Book Guy
I have to say this is very good book to read lots of things I did not know.It keeps your interest and is well written well worth the money.Published on June 26, 2013 by George
This unique text covers all of the Naval Actions that occurred during the Great War in a single volume. Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by Dudley Skaggs
I bought this for my father a few years ago for his birthday. I opened to a random page and read an engagement which had been an oral history in my family. Read morePublished on March 23, 2008 by Computer Guy
Paul Halpern is a refreshingly independent thinker. No one else has managed to write 500 pages on the subject of 1914-18 naval warfare without mentioning Admiral Alfred Mahan. Read morePublished on November 29, 2006 by Harry Eagar
In this book you would have thought that Britannia rules the world single handed, no mention is made of the fact that the rickety British Empire, rotten to the core, was upheld not... Read morePublished on September 15, 2004 by Devl's Advocate