War at Sea
In 1914, the British Royal Navy was the most powerful fleet in the world. For more than a century, Britain’s control of the seas ensured the vital trade and supply routes to the Empire and shielded the British mainland against invasion. The First World War saw this dominance challenged by the German High Seas Fleet and by a new and terrifying weapon, the U-boat.
Coronel and the Falkland Islands
The battles at Coronel and the Falkland Islands were the first serious engagements between the British Royal Navy and Imperial German Navy.