Torpedo Warfare

1896, Tracy, L. , The Final War 

1896, Tracy, L. , The Final War Louis Tracy (1896) The Final War THE BALL AT THE EMBASSY The month of May in Paris, if the elements be reasonably propitious, is a perfectly delightful period, and May Day of 1898 heralded in the promise of a gracious summer. The French capital was more than ordinarily full of visitors, and life in the world of fashion was like the changeful scenes of a ballet divertissement. Americans were there 'from Chicago and New York, spending millions made in packing pork', Russian notabilities abounded, and Germans, the male element vastly predominating, were in ...
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1897, Gleig, C. , When All Men Starve 

Charles Gleig (1897) When All Men Starve - Showing How England Hazarded Her Naval Supremacy, And the Horrors Which Followed the Interruption of Her Food Supply, London & New York, John Lane The Boer War escalates into an Anglo-German war which is then joined by France and Russia. The French journals especially indulged in most bitter invective against England, declaiming violently against our aggressive policy in Africa and the injustice of our quarrel with the Transvaal. The note of hostility found echo in the reptile press of St. Petersburg, and once more the old Egyptian grievance was exhumed, and furnished ...
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1898, Shiel, M. P. , The Yellow Danger 

M. P. Shiel (1899) The Yellow Danger, London, Grant Richards Not all invasion threats were purported to come from the Germans, the French or from Anarchists: in M.P. Shiel's Yellow Danger it is an army of Chinese who invade Europe. A contemporary review gives a good overview of the plot and style. Full text available at: https://archive.org/details/yellowdanger00shierich The afterword from a 1998 edition of the book can be found at: http://www.alangullette.com/lit/shiel/essays/YellowDangerRevisited.htm An additional reviews can be found at: http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=1841 ...
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1898, Wilson, H.A. & White, A. , When War breaks out 

H.W. Wilson and A. White (1898), When War breaks out; being a selection from the letters of Andrew D. Jones, the London correspondent of "Calner's weekly," during the war between Great Britain and the allied powers of France and Russia, September 21st, 1900, to January 1st, 1901, London, Harper and Brothers [Book Review - Spectator 21st May 1898] When War Breaks Out. By H. W. Wilson and Arnold White. London: Harper and Brothers. The book which bears the above title consists of a series of " newsy " letters from the London correspondent of Calner's Weekly, New York, written during ...
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1899, Stevenson, P. L. , How The Jubilee Fleet Escaped Destruction and the Battle of Ushant 

Stevenson, P. L. (1899), How The Jubilee Fleet Escaped Destruction and the Battle of Ushant: Or, Two Episodes in the Career of a Naval Officer. Illustrated by F.T. Jane PREFACE. DEAR R_____ I have already sent you various MSS. dealing with the career of our mutual friend the late lamented Captain John Marling, R.N., and his services to this country in the late great war, the echoes of which have hardly yet died away. I have endeavoured to show how the existence of the secret coalition between the three Powers, Russia, Germany, and France, against Great Britain, was revealed to ...
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1900, Maude, F.N. , The New Battle of Dorking 

Colonel F.N. Maude (1900) The New Battle of Dorking In 1900... Colonel Maude described the initial success of a French invasion in The new Battle of Dorking. He planned his imaginary war on the fact that, “there are three months in every year—July, August, September—during which the French Army is fit for immediate warfare. And every year during these months there is a constantly recurrent probability of a surprise raid on London by the 120,000 men whom they could without difficulty put on board ship, land in England, and march to within a dozen miles of London in less than ...
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1900, Oshikawa , The Submarine Battleship 

Oshikawa Shunro (1900) Kaitei gunkan (The Submarine Battleship) (aka. The Undersea Battleship or The Underwater Battleship) Invasion literature had its impact also in Japan, at the time undergoing a fast process of modernization. Shunrō Oshikawa, a pioneer of Japanese science fiction and adventure stories (genres unknown in Japan until a few years earlier), published around the start of the 20th century the best-seller Kaitō Bōken Kidan: Kaitei Gunkan ("Undersea Battleship"): the story of an armoured, ram-armed submarine involved in a future history of war between Japan and Russia. The novel reflected the imperialist ambitions of Japan at the time, and ...
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1901, Griffith, G. , The Raid of Le Vengeur 

George Griffith (1901) The Raid of Le Vengeur, Pearson's Magazine - February 1901 Chapter I.--THE DREAM OF CAPTAIN FLAUBERT.  It was the third morning after the naval manoeuvres at Cherbourg, and since their conclusion Captain Leon Flaubert, of the Marine Experimental Department of the French Navy, had not had three consecutive hours' sleep.  He was an enthusiast on the subject of submarine navigation. He firmly believed that the nation which could put to sea the first really effective fleet of submarine vessels would hold the fleets of rival nations at its mercy and acquire the whole ocean and its coasts ...
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1902, Curtis, A.C. , A New Trafalgar. A tale of the torpedo fleet 

A.C. Curtis (1902) A New Trafalgar. A tale of the torpedo fleet - Smith, Elder & Co The story is the celebration of the new warship, the destroyer, a British invention which first came into service in 1893 [I. F. Clarke (1997) The Great War with Germany, 1890-1914. P.429] A. C. Curtis's A New Trafalgar (1902) was one of the first novels to imagine a lightning German naval strike against Britain in the absence of the Channel Squadron; fortunately, the Royal Navy has a lethal new battleship in reserve which wins the day [Niall Ferguson (1998) The Pity of War] ...
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1904, Griffith, G. , The Stolen Submarine 

Griffith, G. (1904) The Stolen Submarine  - serialised in 1904 in Dundee Evening Telegraph. [Other sydications to be checked] Published in book form as The Stolen Submarine: A Tale of the Russo-Japanese War by by F. V. White & Co., Ltd. in London. An advanced French super-submarine is stolen and sold to Russia. " THE STOLEN SUBMARINE."THE SERIAL STORY FOR THE TIME !By George Griffith.New and Exciting Tale of Modern Warfare.A COLOSSAL BOOM BY AN EMINENT NOVELIST.This novel. which been running as a serial in a great London Daily is creating an extraordinary interest amongst all classes of the community ...
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1905, Wood, W. , Submarined 

Walter Wood (1905) Submarined - Pearson's Magazine, February 1905 A short story of a disabled British battleship taking refuge and defending itself against a submarine attack by a diver blowing up the submarine with a mine. In Walter Wood's story, "Submarined," the lieutenant of a damaged battleship turns the tables on an enemy submarine. The battleship Samson limps into an out-of-the-way cove to make repairs, but is spotted by an enemy torpedo boat, which quickly withdraws. The crew of the Samson realizes the enemy will send a submarine at night to finish off the battleship; they discuss their options. Lieutenant ...
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1906, General Staff [pseud.] , The Writing on the Wall 

General Staff [pseud.] (1906) The Writing on the Wall, London, William Heinemann The author was Major-General Thomas Picher. Presented as an excerpt of a history book from 1915 recounting the events of a successful German attack on Britain in 1908 and the ensuing war that involved also France, Austria and Russia. The object of this work is to call the attention of the public to the absolute unpreparedness of our land forces for the tasks which they may be called upon to perform. The 'history' ends with a detailed description of the reforms that were enacted in Britain to prevent ...
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