Michael Simpson
Ashgate Variorum
The present harmonious and well-integrated association between the Royal Navy and the US Navy is taken so much for granted that it is instructive to see how it all began in such a tentative and stuttering fashion in the dark days of 1917. The Royal Navy and the US Navy were largely unacquainted prior to the American entry into World War One. Relations between the individual members of the two services in distant waters appear to have been cordial but at the highest level there was no real contact since Britain's main concern was with the more menacing Imperial German Navy. It was the German announcement of unrestricted submarine warfare from February 1917 which ensured the two would work together but America's involvement was gradual and uncertain until late March and hostilities were finally declared on April 6.

Anglo-American Naval Relations 1917-1919

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