The Royal Navy and the End of the Close Blockade, 1885-1905: a Revolution in Naval Strategy?

By M. S. Partridge , published May 1989

Abstract

The impact of technology – ‘steam, steel and torpedoes’ – upon the concepts of naval blockade is discussed in detail. The commercial and military forms are each considered with regard to the international experience and the developments then taking place in military technology, in particular the torpedo and its deployment as an offensive weapon. The results of various naval exercises are assessed and used to demonstrate that traditional blockade doctrine was no longer appropriate. The introduction of wireless and the submarine effectively rendered any form of blockade out of date.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Submarines

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