24 September, 2020

War Within Gandhi

How would he reconcile support for a bloody war with ahimsa?

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The Navies’ role

Short notes on the Great War

Britain was the great sea power of the day, outstripping all others by some distance. Yet its great achie­vement lay in negatives. Barring the inconclusive Battle of Jutland in May 1916 and a few skirmishes, it acted as a great deterrent—locking away the German High Seas Fleet in their North Sea harbours behind minefields. British trade on the seas thus went on unhinde­red—not a single troopship was sunk in the channel—while German trade was swept from the seas. But British and Allied shipping did lose millions of tonnes every month to German U-boats, which rampaged in the Atlan­tic. Things rea­ched alarming proportions in 1917, influencing the British offensive in Ypres and scaring the Ame­ri­cans. Matters improved when the Admiralty adopted the ‘convoy’ system of escorting merchant ships. The reason was a curious contradiction—the determination to have as many modern warships as possible, but coupled with a deep fear of exposing them...

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