The American Naval Leaders’ Preparations for War

  • Paolo E. Coletta
Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)


For the period from August 1914 to April 1917, this chapter will center upon four topics: Woodrow Wilson’s policies towards the Great War and their effects upon the Navy; changes in Navy Department organization and on the national defense level; the contrasting approaches to preparedness by the top naval leaders of the period, Rear Admiral Bradley A. Fiske, Aide for Operations to 11 May 1915, and of the first Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral William S. Benson; and an evaluation of the status of the Navy in August 1914 and in April 1917.


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