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In his article “An ‘Intermediate Blockade’? British North Sea Strategy, 1912-1914,” Dr. David G. Morgan-Owen of King’s College, London examines British naval strategic thinking in the period immediately before the start of the First World War. Dismissing the claim of historians that the Royal Navy planned to impose an intermediate blockade, that is “a line of vessels strung across the mid-North Sea,” he asserts that the navy actually adopted the strategy of “mid-North Sea patrols.” In the article Morgan-Owen also considers the views of Winston Churchill, who served as First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 to 1915, and makes the argument that he did not intervene, as has been claimed, to prevent the acceptance of the intermediate blockade without experimentation. The article was published in the November 2015 issue of War in History. The journal’s web site is available here.

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