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March 2017



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(all knowledge is contained in livejournal) Yo, historians!

stwish is looking for books on WWI naval battles from a personal perspective--i.e., eyewitness accounts.

I believe he prefers nonfiction.



A possible starting place; I don't have either book on hand, and can't remember what naval stuff they contained.

The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness World War I (Paperback, 2004), ISBN : 0786712880

Forgotten Voices of the Great War : Max Arthur (Hardcover, 2004), ISBN : 1592285708
I'm rereading O'Brian's Master and Commander, and in the prologue he discusses the British Navy logs he used to research the Aubrey-Maturin books. If those were still maintained by WWI and I don't see why they wouldn't be, they might be helpful.
actually fiction would be fine... i only have one chapter on the bounding main... thanks.. wish

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition...

Hm. Compared to WWII, there wasn't a lot of naval combat in WWI. The German High Fleet came out to fight once, at the battle of Jutland, and did quite well given that they went up against the Royal Navy. There was a fairly serious U-Boat Nuisance, but nothing like the unrestricted submarine warfare of the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. The Turks got up to some hijinks in the Dardanelles with some German-built and captained vessels, but IIRC going up against the Royal Navy in a confined space ultimately proved a losing proposition. And there was at least one instance of a German vessel scuttling itself in the harbour of an American-held island in the South Pacific after America decided to join the party late. And there was of course a British blockade of Germany which proved extremely effective.

I'll do a little research tonight and see whether I can't find anything.

Re: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition...

let me be clearer... this is an alt history set in a world where ivan grozny married elizabeth I of england after the Armada won. This leads to the Anglorussian empire. In 1918, similar technology to this world, war breaks out between Nipponese empire and ARE. book 2 opens with naval battle in French Channnel very similar to Jutland... I just need something to make sure i dont make too many dumb mistakes...What did the brits call General Quarters? Did they use bells, or whistles or klaxhorns to transmit orders?... Did they drink tea, hot chocolate, or coffee? How many men on the bridge of a BBS? How often could a 15 inch gun fire? where would a civilian vip be housed? What color were the bulkheads?.. were the decks teak or steel?...like that...

I have been on the USS North Carolina, so i have an idea what a capital ship is like, and i can make stuff up. i just thought i could learn something before i went nuts..

Re: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition...

Wow... I was thinking historical research, not althistorical research :). Heck of an interesting concept, that. I definitely don't have any sources on hand that go to that level of technicality, with the exception of Turtledove's American Empire series, which does have a number of naval characters in it, but sure isn't primary research :).

Re: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition...

thanks... i decided just to crib from "Sink the Bismark".. but my vhs is dead...i will call the smithsonian... i was hopingthere was a partick obrien clone about jutland, but no dice...