Book Review-‘British Dockyards in the First World War: Transactions of the Naval Dockyards Society Volume 12’ by P. MacDougall (ed.)
In his post-war study of the First World War, The World In Crisis (vol. 1, 1911–14) the former First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, observed drily that during the ‘naval scare’ of 1909, ‘The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight.’ This was a response to the slogan of the Navy League and a vocal section of the popular press which, faced with radically increased spending on the Kaiser’s High Seas Fleet across the North Sea in Germany, demanded, ‘We want eight [dreadnought battleships] and we won’t wait.’..
Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards