Talk:Anglo-German naval arms race

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Don't understand this calculation[edit]

Britain managed to build Dreadnought in just 14 months[5] and by the start of the First World War Britain had 49 battleships, compared with Germany's 29.[5]

  • I don’t understand the calculation leading to your sums: GERMANY had 22 old battleships (ships of the line since Kaiser Friedrich III.), 17 dreadnought battleships, 2 older battle cruisers (Roon, York) and 8 modern battle cruisers, but only 5 were part of the High Sea Fleet. I don’t find a way to “29”. BRITAIN had 33 "Dreadnoughts" and "Invincibles" plus Lord Nelson, Agamenon (pre dreadnoughts) and Australia (colonial cruiser). Show me the way to “49”, please. You table below give other results: BRITAIN 29 and GERMANY 17. -- Zeitgeschichte (talk) 19:14, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Possible vandalism - or unclear sentences?[edit]

The following sentence seem out of context, or possible vandalism:

  • By 1905, Britain had 44 battleships that were expensive to maintain and the arms race was no longer a threat. It did influence joining the Triple Entente because it did not bother them to upset Germany.,.[5]

I'll try to track this in the source cited, but if it still don't make sense will remove it from the article. Regards, DPdH (talk) 13:47, 11 April 2014 (UTC)


First, as noted above, the math on those figures doesn't add up, though it's in the source provided. Second, several of the references were added by someone who apparently has never done it before, so I had to untangle them. Dziban303talk 22:22, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

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