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Tango0107 Aug 2017 10:24 p.m. PST

"Reflecting back on what was then simply The Great War, Vice Admiral William S. Sims took a realistic view of his service's place in the conflict. "This was an army war," he conceded, forthrightly, to his wife, "and the army should receive more recognition than the navy."[1] If Sims could have foreseen how prophetic his words were, he might have been inclined to hedge a bit. At the centennial of American entry into World War I, the army dominates the historical literature, and a casual observer could be forgiven for wondering if the navy played any part at all. Sims and his brethren receive their due, however, in Crisis at Sea: The United States Navy in European Waters in World War I, an exhaustive study of the U.S. Navy in the European theater. William Still, former director of the Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology program at East Carolina University and author of multiple books on the U.S. Navy, brings a remarkable attention to detail in his latest volume, providing a thorough account of America's role at sea in the First World War. Eleven years after its publication, this is still the definitive resource for its subject, and likely will remain so for many years to come…"
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