Mediterranean Strategy and Anglo-French Relations 1908-1912

By H. I. Lee, published August 1971


This article details the delicate discussions, one should not use ‘negotiations’, between Britain and her putative and capricious ally, France, during the period leading towards WW1, regarding each countries defence strategy in the event of hostilities being initiated by a third party – most likely from the Third Alliance, between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. The discussions primarily centred upon the naval deployments in the Channel and the Mediterranean, concluding with Britain looking after the former and France the latter, but without a formal alliance between them, and with the flexibility to act in accordance with each countries interests at the time.

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Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | Other (Twentieth C) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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