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By Paul G. Halpern

There were a couple of experiences released at the actions of British and German navies in the course of global battle I, yet little on naval motion in different arenas. This publication bargains for the 1st time a balanced background of the naval warfare as a complete, seen from the point of view of all members in all significant theaters. The author's previous exam The Naval warfare within the Mediterranean, 1914-1918, based on submarine actions and allied efforts to counteract this new risk. With this welcome sequel he back takes the reader past these international warfare I operations staged at the North Sea. Halpern's transparent and authoritative voice lends a cohesiveness to this encompassing view of the Italians and Austrians within the Adriatic; the Russians, Germans, and Turks within the Baltic and Black Seas; and French and British within the Mediterranean.
Important riverine engagements--notably at the Danube--also are incorporated, besides significant colonial campaigns resembling Mesopotamia and the Dardanelles. The function of impartial sea powers, similar to the Swedes within the Baltic and the Dutch within the East Indies, is tested from the point of view of the way their neutrality affected naval job. additionally mentioned is the half performed through the U.S. army and the customarily ignored, yet faraway from negligible, function of the japanese military. The latter is seen within the context of the hole months of the struggle and within the Mediterranean through the peak of the submarine main issue of 1917

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Other officers were having their problems too, but of a severer nature. The chief engineer was concerned about the dynamo. On the night of September 20 his black gang had to shut it down because of excessive heat. Nine Page 16 days later the bearings became overheated, and the dynamo stopped. The trouble was to recur frequently during the next few weeks. Later the chief engineer also discovered that the revolution indicator would not function. Another problem, perhaps more customary, was that of maintaining discipline.

On one visit to the Norfolk Navy Yard the first death aboard the Maine occurred. A yard employee, William Cosgrove, who had been discharged from the navy two months previously, walked down the gangway at noon on August 11 after working aboard all morning. A seaman on the gangway watch disinterestedly gazed at Cosgrove making his way to a building for his lunch. Suddenly the sailor was startled to see the worker collapse. He notified the officer of the deck. Two men hurriedly brought Cosgrove back aboard the Maine for medical attention, but he died of a cerebral hemorrhage in a matter of minutes.

The goal has been to present, for a generation that has forgotten the Maine, a true but exciting account of a ship that has played a most prominent role in the pages of American history. To reconstruct accurately the story of the Maine, original documents and material obtained through interviews with survivors have been relied on whenever possible. Most of the documents were found in the National Archives, Navy Department Library, and Library of Congress; a complete list of primary and secondary sources appears in the Acknowledgments section of this book.

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