There are 164 pages of maps of theatres of war and track charts of particular actions, chronologically arranged from the very start of the war to the scuttling of the defeated German fleet at Scapa, each year opening with a tour d’horizon of the year’s events and campaigns. Each map or diagram is accompanied by a description of the activity depicted. Peter Wilkinson’s standard of draughtsmanship and presentation is extraordinarily high. Every theatre of war is covered and the detail is exhaustive. However even a magnificent tour de force like this cannot be everywhere; for instance the conquest of German Cameroon is omitted although it was supported from the sea and in riverine operations by the Royal Navy, and British submarine operations in the Baltic are only covered for 1915.
The same team produced a similar work on the Second World War three years ago. Will this one fit your bookcase? Dimensions are 13” x 9½”. There is a useful bibliography and a set of campaign references from the National Archives. This work is a necessary and not merely a useful addition to the reference library of any student of maritime war, particularly the Kaiser’s War, fit to lie in the line with Marder, Halpern and Jane’s.