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By Matthew S. Seligmann

in the course of the process the Anglo-German naval race, the British Admiralty chanced on a typical circulation of data on Germany's naval coverage, on her warship development and at the technical growth of her fleet to be totally very important. It used to be basically at the foundation of exact calculations of Germany's maritime improvement that the framers of British naval coverage may perhaps formulate a coherent reaction to this alarming problem to the Royal Navy's long-standing supremacy at sea. whereas a number of assets have been on hand to the Admiralty at the improvement of the German military an important, used to be the data supplied via the British naval connecté in Berlin. From his conferences with German officers, conversations at social events, visits to naval amenities and shipyards, and private observations of German naval politics, the British naval connecté used to be in a position to provide a customary flow of high-grade intelligence to his superiors in Whitehall. This quantity examines and illustrates the paintings of the final 4 officials to carry the submit of naval connecté in Berlin ahead of the cataclysm of 1914, Captains Dumas, Heath, Watson and Henderson. by means of delivering examples in their reporting on such the most important concerns because the enlargement of the German conflict fleet, the pursuits of Admiral von Tirpitz, the advance of German naval materiel, together with Dreadnoughts, U-boats and airships, this quantity of connecté correspondence illustrates a basic, yet ignored, measurement of the Anglo-German naval race earlier than the 1st global conflict: particularly, the function of the navy's 'man instantaneous' in Berlin.

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