One of the topics for future war novels was the invention of the submarine. There was a concern that Britain’s invincibility as an island and with the world’s largest navy could be compromised by submarine attacks and that Britain could be blockaded.
Britain’s position in the naval arms race was largely based upon the Dreadnought class battleships. These had large, long-range guns that rendered them largely impregnable from lesser surface ships. They could however be vulnerable to surprise attack by submarine.
One of the key examples in future war literature is George Griffith’s Le Raid of Le Vengeur (1901) – this story is printed in I.F. Clarke’s (1995) The tale of the next Great War, 1871-1914 : fictions of future warfare and of battles still-to-come
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