WW1 Naval Bibliography
Not by any description exhaustive, this is the beginnings of a list
of useful references for the scholar of the naval side of the War. There
is a certain amount of overlap between the groupings, but a book or paper
will only show up once, where it seems most appropriate.
There has not been a rigorous cutoff of anything outside of 1914-1918.
Instead, so long as the work describes the vessels which fought during
the War, or the immediate pre-war evolution of naval technology, or
describes the effect of wartime on the postwar navies, then it has
At present, unfortunately there are very few non-English language entries.
The intention is to include as many as are contributed: if you are
aware of one, please pass it along -
Unless otherwise noted, all contributions are from William Schleihauf.
A list of "recommended reading" on the First World War in general can
be found elsewhere in WWI-WWW:
WW1 Recommended Reading.
Books and Journals Online
There is a growing list of historical journals that may be read online:
A few complete volumes may be read via your web browser (all external links):
A very large bibliography on
may be found online.
Suggested readings from various contributors
The Course of the War
Overviews, Strategy, Campaigns... Topics more general than discrete battles.
Maritime warfare is ultimately economic warfare: the submarine
campaign and the war on merchant shipping are only the most obvious
aspects thereof. For convenience, this bibliography has
been broken down into more discrete topics. This
sub-section holds those titles more general in nature -- and includes entries pertaining to ports,
and general merchant shipping.
(Category suggested by Kevin Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org)).
Individual Naval Actions as well as discrete events
Submarines and Submarine Warfare
The Great War marks the first serious use of this new technology...
Technology + Tactics
Details of ships, weapons and how they were combined...
(Submarine-specific entries contained in the category above, although
books and articles describing individual sinkings are usually
Social History as well as biographies of those who served, not to mention a little Administration...
Ok - fiction certainly isn't history, but some of these novels
can give the researcher a better feel for the attitudes of the
time. Others, notably Childer's The Riddle of the Sands
had some influence on their readers, and best of all, may remain
good reading even today! Note that entries are restricted to
books published during the Great War era: circa 1900 through the
to WWI The Maritime War
to WWI Archive main page.
Last Updated: 29 December, 2005.