The Influence of Maritime Theorists Alfred Thayer Mahan and Sir Julian Corbett on the Development of German Naval Strategy 1930-1936

Cribbs, Donald

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At the end of World War I, and upon the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the German Armed Forces had been drastically reduced by the Allies. The German Navy was stripped of its battleships, submarines, and aircraft. The effort to rebuild began immediately following the war. The decision about what direction and shape the Navy would take was influenced by several factors. The German Navy’s anticipated enemy, the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles, and the political situation all played