Book Review – ‘The Great War at Sea: A naval atlas 1914–1919’ by Nicholas Tracy

By Nicholas Tracy, published November 2020


A timely arrival in the middle date of the centenary of the First World War, Faulkner and Wilkinson’s atlas of the naval part of it is certain to be valued by those interested in the subject. Their work is based on the records of the Royal Navy’s historical branch, which used graphics extensively in the preparation of staff histories, publications for general readership, the historical record prepared for the Imperial German navy and academic publications. Their focus is on tactical movements during engagements. Although, inevitably, most charts involve British naval actions, not all of them do, and those that do are at least as detailed in their depiction of German sorties. Each chart has a brief, but substantial, account by Faulkner of the action depicted. Wilkinson’s graphics are clear, although some contain so much information that it takes concentration and time to come to grips with the detail. There is no list of plates, but their organization is roughly chronological. It is safe to say that anywhere the atlas is opened something of value will be found …

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Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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