A Naval History of World War I

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A Naval History of World War I

By Paul G. Halpern
Naval Institute Press, 1994
591 pp. $55.00
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Not for the faint-hearted, this large and solid volume is a welcome if daunting survey of the naval war of 1914-18. Ably summarizing recent scholarship, Halpern describes the naval war, including many aspects (naval hit-and-run operations in the English Channel, mine barrages to stop submarines in the Adriatic Sea, Russo-German engagements in the Baltic Sea, the role of naval intelligence) with which the general reader may not be familiar. Mercifully, he does not give us yet another blow-by-blow account of Jutland but seeks, rather, to describe the many aspects of a naval conflict no less complex and important than that of the Second World War, which is much better known. A better arrangement of maps and charts was possible, but overall this is a very valuable work.

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