The War Years (From Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Royal Navy in the Fisher Era, #2) (Arthur J. Marder) pdf, epub, doc

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Mr Marder's second volume of his 4 book history of the Royal Navy in World War One is nearly 50 years old and is still a fine read.He says in the introduction that he has not written a full history but concentrated on key events and the background, build and aftermath of those.That said that whilst those looking for descriptions of battles should look elsewhere, as although mention is made, the volume is very thorough and is more the high command and the decisions taken or not that concerns the author.

In this he is thorough quoting from direct sources from key particpants' papers and garnering information to provide the reader with a full understanding of the conduct of the war.He covers the German aspects well too, although with not as much detail, but this is essentially a book focussed on the Royal Navy and the men who commanded and directed her.

The topics will not be new to students of WWI but his coverage of the Daradanelles/Gallipoi, The Falklands area, the submarine war, the Zepplins and the constant cat and mouse game with the German High Seas fleet is very well done. He is also strong on war production, the various qualities and comparisons of ships and boats of the navies, and also on HM Government policy; plus the German submarine strategy and policy including the aftermath of torpedoing the RMS Lusitania, SS Sussex and RMS Arabia.

Mr Marder does not stint in his opinions nor his criticism of politicians, admirals and the high-command.Churchill, Fisher, Jellicoe, Beatty alongside Sturdee and Kitchener and many others, are all dealt with fairly to my mind but with consideration to their positions and the events surrounding them, and judgements on what was done well and what was not.The same for the politicians too: Asquith, Lloyd-George, Balfour and Hankey.

I was fortunate that my library held a first edition copy (published Oxford University 1965) so I benefited from maps of a good standard that helped with the various chapters.

All in all this is a fine detailed account of the Royal Navy to the eve of Jutland.

At the time of writing this review (October 2013) the publishers Seaforth has reissued Mr Marder's books and so they can be acquired relatively easily and not too much expense.Volumes 1 and 2 were made available in May 2013 and Volumes 3 and 4 are due out in March 2014.

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