AT SEA: How Did It Happen?

Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, U. S. N., probably the world's greatest naval theorist and historian, maintained that all great conflicts could be analyzed as struggles between land powers and sea powers. By their fluidity, sea powers always won.

One of his demonstrations was the Napoleonic Wars, in which Britain's peerless fleet was matched against Napoleon's peerless Grand Army. Napoleon conquered a continent and kept British commerce away from it for six terrible years. But in the end, strangled economically herself by the British sea blockade and finally knocked in the head by...

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