The German Fleet: Being the Companion Volume to "The Fleets at War" and "From Heligoland to Keeling Island"

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Hodder and Stoughton, 1915 - World War, 1914-1918 - 190 pages
 

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Page 147 - There are eight sail of the line, Sir John." "Very well, sir." "There are twenty sail of the line, Sir John." "Very well, sir." "There are twenty-five sail of the line, Sir John.
Page 70 - Granville] that it is quite right that we should not now mix ourselves up in the question, and that Prussia should at least be made aware of what she and her Government, and every honest man in Europe, must think of the gross and unblushing violation of every assurance and pledge that she had given, which Prussia has been guilty of.
Page 108 - For this purpose it is not absolutely necessary that the German Battle Fleet should be as strong as that of the greatest naval Power, for a great naval Power will not, as a rule, be in a position to concentrate all its striking force against us.
Page 13 - ... the fleet would be to undertake a series of large landing operations, through which we are able to take several of these important and wealthy towns within a brief space of time. By interrupting their communications, by destroying all buildings serving the State, commerce, and the defence, by taking away all material for war and transport, and, lastly, by levying heavy contributions, we should be able to inflict damage on the United States.
Page 108 - Chauvinistic exaggerations, but the opinion of the whole of the people of Great Britain, who are jealous of our commercial development. If England should ever lose her mercantile supremacy on the seas, the decline of her naval dominion would only be a question of time, and she realizes the fact instinctively.
Page 126 - ... and that of smaller guns about in proportion to their calibre. " ... The inception of the epoch-making principles of the new methods of training belongs exclusively to Captain (now Rear-Admiral) Percy Scott, Director of Naval Practice of the British Navy, who has, I believe, done more in this respect to improve naval marksmanship than all of the naval officers who have given their attention to this matter since the first introduction of the rifled cannon on men-of-war ; nor should we forget that...
Page 135 - July, 1912, by the First Lord of the Admiralty. 5. The effect of the new German navy law is to produce a remarkable expansion of strength and readiness. The number of battleships and large armoured cruisers which will be kept constantly ready and in full commission will be raised by the law from 21, the present figure, to 33 — an addition of 12, or an increase of about 57 per cent.
Page 134 - ... small cruisers, of which the date has not yet been fixed. The date of the third battleship has not been fixed. It has been presumed to be later than the six years which are in view. The cost of these increases in men and in material during the next six years is estimated at 10,500,000/ spread over that period above the previous estimates.
Page 11 - ... affairs in the whole country that the Government will readily offer acceptable conditions in order to obtain peace. " If Germany begins preparing a fleet of transports and troops for landing purposes at the moment when the battle fleet steams out of our harbours, we may conclude that operations on American soil can begin after about four weeks, and it cannot be doubted that the United States will not be able to oppose to us within that time an army equivalent to our own. " At present the regular...
Page 118 - The question of protection enters also very largely into the consideration, and the Times, in describing the new ship, said that it was understood she was to be made as nearly unsinkable as possible from the explosion of a torpedo or mine. It was even stated that there would be no openings in the watertight bulkheads. Particulars of the Dreadnought not having been made public officially, the following is condensed from an account published in Engineering, February 9...

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