The Royal Navy in World War One


For most British people the First World War conjures up images of soldiers suffering in the trenches of the Western Front. The Royal Navy would appear to have done little to contribute to the victory, as there were few naval battles, and the most famous, Jutland, was hardly the glorious triumph expected from the heirs of Nelson. But Germany was starved into surrender by the Royal Navy’s blockade of the homeland and the destruction of its U-Boats. Once again the Royal Navy had fulfilled its traditional role: it had kept the trade routes open for itself, while depriving the enemy of the freedom of the seas. This is a story which deserves to be told, if only to correct the imbalance created by the intervening century.