The War At Sea And The Western Front

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The war at sea was more important than the Western FrontVivyanne Soo 10AIs the war at sea more important or was the war at the Western Front more important? To support or contradict this view, we need to considerate the importance of the following things: the U-boat threat to Britain, Britain's supply line, the British Blockade and the connections between the war at sea and the Western Front. In this essay, I'm going to write down the points that are for and against this view. In conclusion, I will give my own opinions and say why I had chosen to support, or to contradict this view.There is a big connection between the war at sea and the Western Front. The reason why the war at sea had begun is because there was almost no progress on the Western Front. Both sides kept attacking each other and got massive injuries in their own army. They want a breakthrough, so they tried to think of some other way to get their enemies, and they came up with the idea of war at sea.The key objective of the war at sea, was to control the seas and stop supplies getting to the enemy. The British blockade of German ports which stopped supplies reaching Germany was one of the main factors that lead to the Allies' victory over Germany. The war at sea, was just as important as any military battle on land. It is very important because once you have taken control of the seas, you can stop your enemy from getting any sort of supplies, and they would soon run out of weapons, shells and all sorts of equipments. Most important of all, their enemies' resources of ration would be cut off, because supplies couldn't get to them. Not only the soldiers in the army but everyone in the country will have to suffer, to starve and die. This is the reason why both side because very cautious in the war at sea. There were some battles at sea. In August 1914, the Royal Navy won the battle in the North Sea at Heligoland, although the German navy managed to remain in its own ports. The other significant sea battle of the war is the battle at Jutland in 1916. The German sank 14 British ships and lost 11 themselves but never left their harbours again. German caused more damage than they received. Both sides claimed they won the battle. To give the British more damages and to cut off their resources supply, German started their U-boat campaign.U-boats played a huge role in the war at sea. In the early stages of the war, German U-boats concentrated their attacks on Allied warships, but when later on, the Allies learned to protect their warships, the U-boats started attacking Allied merchant ships. In February 1915, the German began an unrestricted campaign where they would torpedo all Allied ships at anytime without warning. U-boats were a great threat to Britain, the British simply had no way to defend them. The German's aim was to stop all the supplies for Britain. They almost succeeded. By June 1917, British had lost 500,000 tons of shipping to the U-boats. At one point, it was estimated that...

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