Archive for January, 2018

French Naval Policy, 1852-1914

January 30, 2018

While this site has centered itself on primarily American and British topics, every once in awhile, another area catches my attention. In this case, there is a very informative article on the development of the French navy and its failure to counter the British navy’s policies and structure. This is a subject overlooked in English-language literature, so this introduction proves a boon. I am referring to “From a Prestige Fleet to the Jeune Ecole,” in the Naval War College Review, 71(#1 Winter 2018): 93-118.

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Birth of the British Navy

January 11, 2018

The only monarch labeled “the Great”, Alfred was instrumental in having constructed some of the largest oared vessels of his day. Please read the entry for the year 897 in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. John Asser’s contemporary biography of Alfred bears testimony to Alfred’s use of ships in his various battles with the Danes.