Penn, Geoffrey.


1st.ed., 2000. Viii + 264 pp., 31 photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. At the close of the Victorian era Britain still ruled the waves much as she had done for almost 400 years, but it was evident to some that the Royal Navy was in need of a major shake-up and to start to embrace new technology in design, fuel and gunnery in order to meet the growing threat emerging from Germany. Others, however, fought to keep the status quo. The traditions of the past and the fleet of the present was all that Britain needed. Jacky Fisher was one of the foremost new breed of radical thinkers among naval officers. Lord Charles Beresford ' a household name in Edwardian England ' stood equally square for the 'old school'. It was only a matter of time before these two giants would clash and when they did it was passionate, highly personal, and at times extremely bitter. The author describes in detail the cut-and-thrust of the struggle between Fisher and Beresford as the country edged, year by year, ever closer to a kind of warfare the world had never seen. The future of the Royal Navy and of the British Empire itself lay in the balance. THE CLASH BETWEEN FISHER AND BERESFORD.

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