Naval Power in the War

Naval Power in the War

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...supplied troop ships. As would be expected from Great Britain's enormous merchant marine, she was able to supply the greatest carrying capacity. She had the ships ready for this use, and 4854 per cent, of the American Army was transported in British steamers; 2 per cent, was carried in French ships, and 3 per cent, in Italian. The remaining 46 per cent, were carried in United States ships, and all but 22 per cent, of these sailed in United States naval transports. All the troops carried in United States ships were escorted by United States men-of-war; that is, cruisers, destroyers, converted yachts, and other anti-submarine craft. Also for the most part the troops carried in British, French, and Italian ships were given safe conduct through the danger zones by United States destroyers. Roughly, 82 per cent, of the maximum strength of the naval escorts provided incident to the transportation of United States troops across the Atlantic was supplied by the United States Navy, 14 per cent, by the British Navy, and 3 per cent, by the French Navy. The Army organised and developed an efficient system for loading and unloading the ships at the terminal ports. The navy transported the troops and safeguarded them en route. The declaration of war with Germany found the United States without a transport fleet and without a merchant marine capable of supplying ships for transporting a large military expedition. Starting with almost nothing at the beginning of the war, a United States naval transport service was built up which numbered at the time of the armistice, twenty-four cruisers and fortytwo transports, manned, exclusive of troops carried, by about 3,000 officers and 42,000 men. This force carried almost a million soldiers to Europe without the...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815548
  • 9781236815545