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Submarine Warfare The First World War also known as the Great War took place after the turn of the century from 1914 to 1918 and was named this because it was the first conflict of global proportions The war resulted in the loss of military lives and the near destruction of Europe The massive destruction of the war was largely a result of the use of technology in warfare The use of technology in warfare was a result of the industrial revolution at the end of the nineteenth century which brought mechanization and mass production to society This brought the use of things never used or heard of into the war and included airplanes submarines and tanks as well as radio communications machine guns and poison gas The use of submarines played a major part in getting the US to join the war With the launching of the Dreadnought the first battle ship to concentrate all artillery power to massive twelve inch guns and break the twenty knot speed barrier the worlds navies became obsolete overnight The world powers were rushing to build a new class of war ships to replace the older out dated ones Germany and England soon became entrapped in a naval arms race with each trying keep pace with the others building program When the War arrived in 1914 both Germany and England had navies made up of heavily armed capital ships which were large heavily armed and thickly armored battle ships such as Destroyers The world waited for the clash of Germanys high seas fleet and Englands Grand fleet The Great War ships only had a few encounters such as in the battle at Jutland and Dogger while the underestimated and largely overlooked submarine would play a revolutionary part In the Wars second month Germanys tiny U-boat fleet made up of only twenty six submarines and ranking fifth in size among the
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