The War at Sea

When The First World War broke out in 1914 the British Navy was more powerful than any other in the world. The Germans and the French also had large naval forces and both the Allied and Central powers fought hard to dominate the waterways.

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WW1 Ships

Half of all British merchant shipping was sunk by German submarines in the First World War.

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WW1 Submarines

Over the course of the war German U-Boats sank more than 11 million tons of British shipping.

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