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I finished volume I and am now reading volume 2 of 3.   The first volume  goes from  predreadnoughts to 1919.   It is extremely well written and goes into personalities of various naval and political figures, ship types, and sea battles.  What I have found to be very interesting is the political maneuvering within each country with a navy as well as between countries.  One time enemies became allies and  vice versa.  As late as the 1920's there was animosity between the British and US over having to do with fear of who had the larger fleet in the event they went to war with each other.


The great strength of the French navy at the end of the 19th century was something of which I had no knowledge.  The ineptness in the poor use of their naval assets of the various admiralties in Russia, Japan, England, and Germany surprised me.   A few miles difference was all it would have taken to have  different consequences on how WWI turned out. Jutland could have had a totally different effect on the war had one decision changed on either the German or British side.



Any history buff will enjoy this three volume set, at least based on the first volume and a half that I have read.



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