What the modern navy did for us

As his major new series on the modern Royal Navy airs, Admiral Lord West reveals eight key achievements of the British fleet – from thwarting Hitler to ending the Cold War...

Destroyer escorts fire depth charges against submarine raiders in the Atlantic during the Second World War. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the June 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

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The Royal Navy… won the First World War

In the century since the First World War began, images and poems about the trenches have filled the national consciousness, and the idea has developed that the First World War was principally won on land – that the role played by the Royal Navy was a marginal one.

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