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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2021 12:18 p.m. PST

"The struggle at sea was chiefly between the British effort to strangle Germany by naval blockade; and the German attempt to cut off Britain's source of food and supply by submarine warfare.

Vigilance of the British navy kept most of the German fleet bottled up in home ports, and at the same time British warships freed the seas of German commerce raiders. The rival fleets met only once, in the battle of Jutland off the coast of Denmark. The British suffered heavily in this encounter, but the decisive result was that the German battle fleet never again dared to leave its bases.

Deprived of the use of surface ships Germany increasingly resorted to submarine warfare to bring Britain to her knees. The German U-boat fleet preyed on enemy and often neutral ships, sank merchantmen on sight, and threatened the supply lines on which the survival of the Allies depended. Protests from the United States brought a reluctant promise in 1915 not to sink ships without warning, but this greatly reduced the effectiveness of the submarine as a weapon…"
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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 8:34 a.m. PST

Not strictly true. The High Seas Fleet did sortie several times but very timidly. An attempt to make a Gotterdamerung attack at the end of the War precipitated the sailors' mutiny that toppled the Second Empire.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 11:22 a.m. PST



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