Plans To Mark 100 Years Since The Beginning Of The First World War In 2014 Announced

soleil

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...ning-of-the-first-world-war-in-2014-announced

I am hoping to see substantial Naval involvement in the centenary - I'm not sure that the general public are fully aware of the extent of the Service's involvement in the Great War; I know for certain that the existence of the Naval graves at cemeteries like Tyne Cot comes as a shock to many.

I see that Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL sits on the Advisory Panel to the Centenary, so he will be spearheading the Senior Service's participation, one would imagine.

A short biography of Admiral the Lord Boyce features on the Submariners' Association website under "Patron":

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soleil

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I gather that events are planned for a four year period, so there will be something in 2018, one would imagine.

There are special events for points such as the Centenary of the Somme, for instance.
 

Asst_Ed

Lantern Swinger
The main RN focal points will be Jutland and Gallipoli - although the planning's at the early stages.

Difficult war to deal with from the RN's viewpoint. It gave it the greatest victory in its history (Der Tag) and yet I see the seeds of today's 'sea blindness' sown in WW1. All the pre-war hype led to the public expecting a second Trafalgar. And it didn't get one.
 

scouse

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So we might have to wait till 2016 then Ed!!! For the Jutland celebration , for my old oppo RIP round the corner at Howbeck Lodge, will nip round and tidy up the two Lions :grin::judge:
 
IMO the whole shebang looks like a misanthropic attempt by HMG to distract the plebs from just how far up shit-creek we are, we will hoist up the bunting and have a gay old time for the next 4 years, bah humbug.
 

Bad CO

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The main RN focal points will be Jutland and Gallipoli - although the planning's at the early stages.

Difficult war to deal with from the RN's viewpoint. It gave it the greatest victory in its history (Der Tag) and yet I see the seeds of today's 'sea blindness' sown in WW1. All the pre-war hype led to the public expecting a second Trafalgar. And it didn't get one.

I also hope that the contribution of the naval division isn't forgotten.

Do you really think that the surrender of the imperial fleet counts as a naval victory? Personally I'd say it was the result of political capitulation following the decisive actions taking place on land.

That isn't to denigrate the RN contribution which was obviously extremely significant but ultimately it resulted in a stalemate. Of course the blockade was also important, as was restricting the submarine campaign. In my view these were all important factors in the German surrender but the decisive defeat of their army in the field was the most important.




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Asst_Ed

Lantern Swinger
RND feature heavily at Gallipoli... so yes. We've done a lot in NN over the past decade on the RND - Arras, Somme, Passchendaele, German spring offensive.

Is the surrender of the High Seas Fleet a victory? Yes it is. The surrender of the entire German Fleet, the second largest in the world - can't think of anything comparable in naval or wider military history.

"The Navy has won a victory even more complete than Trafalgar, but less spectacular, and because of this lack of display, one feels that the unthinking do not fully realise what the nation - indeed the whole world, owes to the British Navy."
- First Sea Lord Wester Wemyss, Nov 12, 1918.
 

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