Author(s): Mike Osborne
On 20 November 1914, everything pointed to the likelihood of invasion by a German Army whisked across the North Sea on a fleet of transports.
The Royal Navy prepared to sail south from bases in Scotland; shallow-draught monitors were moored in the Wash; and troops stood by to repel the enemy on the beaches. For thirty years prior to the First World War, writers, with a variety of motivations, had been forecasting such an invasion.
Britain regarded the Army as an imperial police force and, despite the experience gained in military exercises involving simulated invasions, the Royal Navy was still expected to fulfil its traditional role of destroying enemy forces.
However, as the technology of warfare developed with the proliferation of ever more powerful warships, submarines, mines and torpedoes, and the added promise of aerial assault, it became obvious that these long-established notions of the Navy’s invincibility might no longer be realistic.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||15 May 2017|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||68 black-and-white photographs|