At War in Distant Waters: British Colonial Defense in the Great War

At War in Distant Waters: British Colonial Defense in the Great War


By (author) Phillip G Pattee

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  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 30mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1612511945
  • ISBN 13: 9781612511948
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 581,693

Product description

At War in Distant Waters investigates the reasons behind Great Britain's combined military and naval offensive expeditions outside of Europe during the Great War. Often regarded as unnecessary sideshows to the conflict waged on the European continent, Pattee argues that the various campaigns were necessary adjuncts to the war in Europe, and fulfilled an important strategic purpose by protecting British trade where it was most vulnerable. Since international trade was essential for the island nation's way of life, Great Britain required freedom of the seas to maintain its global trade. While the German High Seas Fleet was a serious threat to the British coast, forcing the Royal Navy to concentrate in home waters, the importance of the island empire's global trade made it a valuable target to Germany's various commerce raiders, just as Admiral Tirpitz's risk theory had anticipated.

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"Pattee tells a thorough and clearly organized story of foreign policy and a thoughtful strategy to protect British trade during World War I. He argues convincingly that the naval missions to German colonies were decisive in the preservation of a trade network critical to Britain's survival. He does a valuable service by clarifying how naval intelligence and operations, the use of Dominion and allied forces, government insurance guarantees for shipping, and persuasive diplomacy with neutral countries together achieved Britain's goals and protected its interests. Sharp strategic judgments at home won the 'War in Distant Waters.'""--Michigan War Studies Review"