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Great Britain
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Great Britain

The War

For Great Britain, the war first began at sea. The Royal Navy established a blockade of the German North Sea coasts and harbors and thus practically confined the imperial fleet to the Baltic Sea. This measure was of decisive strategic importance due to the fact that it secured the British supply of food and other important goods by sea. Although the German fleet attempted to disrupt the British shipping routes during the further course of the war by launching a large-scale U-bo…

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Winter, Jay, “Great Britain”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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