WWI in Photos: War at Sea

By Alan Taylor

The Russian flagship Tsarevitch passing HMS Victory, ca. 1915.
Library of Congress

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the Great War, and in honor of the brave men and women who were a part of “the war to end all wars”, we now interrupt our early 19th century naval warfare to put the focus on early 20th century naval warfare. All images sourced and commentary provided by Alan Taylor courtesy of The Atlantic.

The land war in Europe became a destructive machine, consuming supplies, equipment, and soldiers at massive rates. Resupply ships from the home front and allies streamed across the Atlantic, braving submarine attacks, underwater mines, and aerial bombardment. Battleships clashed with each other from the Indian Ocean to the North Sea, competing for control of colonial territory and home ports. New technologies were invented and refined, such as submarine warfare, camouflaged hulls, and massive water-borne aircraft carriers. And countless thousands of sailors, soldiers, passengers, and crew members were sent to the bottom of the sea. I’ve gathered photographs of the Great War from dozens of collections, some digitized for the first time, to try to tell the story of the conflict, those caught up in it, and how much it affected the world. This entry is part 7 of a 10-part series on World War I.

Courtesy of Alan Taylor and The Atlantic.

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