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The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901-1914Admiralty Plans to Protect British Trade in a War Against Germany$
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Matthew S. Seligmann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574032.001.0001

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(p.163) Epilogue
The Royal Navy and the German Threat, 1901-1914

Matthew S. Seligmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the successes and failures of these policies when the test of war came in 1914. Many pre-war assumptions quickly proved unfounded. The Germans did not deploy as many auxiliary cruisers as the Admiralty feared. Nevertheless, many of the measures taken to forestall this proved useful in other ways. Mauretania proved a capable hospital ship and then troop transport; battle cruisers proved their value at the battle of Dogger Bank; the global intelligence network proved invaluable as a source of information for merchantmen; and mounting defensive armament on cargo vessels turned out to offer some protection against U-boats. Thus, if the threat was not as great as feared, the countermeasures that had been put in place proved their utility in other ways.

Keywords:   First World War, war at sea, U-boats

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