By Robert K. Massie
In a piece of impressive narrative energy, packed with exceptional personalities and bright scenes of dramatic motion, Robert okay. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Peter the good, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its right ancient significance the function of sea strength within the profitable of the nice War.
The primary picture of this primary international warfare is of dust and ditchs, barbed twine, computing device weapons, poison gasoline, and slaughter. A iteration of ecu manhood used to be massacred, and a wound was once inflicted on ecu civilization that required the rest of the 20th century to heal.
But with all its sacrifice, trench war didn't win the struggle for one facet or lose it for the opposite. Over the process 4 years, the traces at the Western entrance moved scarcely in any respect; makes an attempt to damage via led in basic terms to the lengthening of the already unbearably lengthy casualty lists.
For the genuine tale of army upheaval, we needs to glance to the ocean. at the eve of the struggle in August 1914, nice Britain and Germany possessed the 2 maximum navies the area had ever noticeable. whilst warfare got here, those fleets of dreadnoughts—gigantic floating castles of metal capable of hurl sizeable shells at an enemy miles away—were able to attempt their bad energy opposed to every one other.
Their struggles came about within the North Sea and the Pacific, on the Falkland Islands and the Dardanelles. They reached their climax whilst Germany, suffocated by way of an implacable naval blockade, made up our minds to strike opposed to the British ring of metal. the end result was once Jutland, a big conflict of fifty-eight dreadnoughts, each one the house of 1000 men.
When the German excessive Seas Fleet retreated, the kaiser unleashed unrestricted U-boat war, which, in its indiscriminate violence, introduced a reluctant the United States into the warfare. during this manner, the German attempt to “seize the trident” by means of defeating the British military resulted in the autumn of the German empire.
Ultimately, the distinguishing function of Castles of metal is the writer himself. the data, figuring out, and literary energy Massie brings to this tale are remarkable. His portrayals of Winston Churchill, the British admirals Fisher, Jellicoe, and Beatty, and the Germans Scheer, Hipper, and Tirpitz are wonderful of their veracity and artistry.
Castles of Steel is ready conflict at sea, management and command, braveness, genius, and folly. most of these components are given tremendous scope by means of Robert ok. Massie’s distinct and extensively hailed literary mastery.
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