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Lake Tanganyika’s naval battles
Weekly update! Let’s pack, grab a topee, a machete and haversack for that we sail to the jungles of East Africa ! Deep in Congo to reach one of the largest lake on earth, south from Victoria falls. If you think HMS Dreadnought is a worthy name for a warship, what about Mimi, Fifi and Toutou ? Well, that is one of the many oddities of this naval battle which began as an expedition, a good old epic journey with many histories and anecdotes. This would assuredly deserve a movie, but at least a documentary was made (included in this post). The war in East Africa was very much decided on lake Tanganyika.
World War One (1914-1918)
Who says the Great War was exclusively about trench warfare ? Ships did played a crucial part in the hostilities worldwide, participating in various events like the raid on Zeebruge, battle of Jutland, Helgoland, Dogger Bank, the Dardanelles landings, and first battle of the Atlantic, seeing U-Boats unleashed for the first time, sinking any ship on sight and turning the USA into the war.
World War Two (1939-1945)
This six-year long conflict saw major struggles opposing the Royal Navy and US Navy both on the seven seas to the Axis fleets, Italians in the Mediterranean, Germans from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, and the Mighty Japanese (3rd world’s naval power) in the Pacific. Hundreds of ships built and sunk, ruling the waves on an immense theater of operations.
The Cold War (1947-90)
Both the USSR and USA superpowers boasted gigantic fleets, deploying their might in the Oceans, dissuading one another with ever-increasing and lethal sub warfare, playing a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that led to unsung heroes and tragedies. From the Suez intervention to the Falklands, half a century of naval warfare which saw the transition from the gun to the missile.
A step into the future.
Since the end of the cold war, Navies of the world experienced a shuffle in world tonnage, with the emergence of China as a new naval superpower, followed by India, the US Fleet barely competing, while Russia and the Europeans struggling with budget cuts receded far below. This was also the digital age, with automation, stealthiness, better performances and versatility.