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1st Battle of Heligoland (28 August 1914)
The first battle of Heligoland was something out of the ordinary: First a strategic Island placed nearby the Ems mouth and passage to two major German military bases and harbours. Second a British Submarine Commander that thought of a trap. Third, reinforcement from light forces of destroyers, and fourth, when the engagement reached its zenith, the arrival of battle cruisers of Admiral Beatty that took most of the credits for the action.
It was largely seen as a British victory regarding compared losses, but also revealed grave communication and coordination shortcomings which could have costed a lot of friendly casualties on the British side…
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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.
Nuclear Attack Subs (SSN)
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Liners in battle dress !