1910s – German Spies

Background In pre-war Britian, novelists such as Erskine Childers and William Le Queux wrote of a large and growing German intelligence network which fed a frenzy of “spy mania” amongst the British population. The resulting anti-German sentiment also led to thousands of imaginary acts of espionage being reported to police and military authorities and, on […]

1900s – German Battleship Plans

Background In the early 1900s, Admiral Fisher of the Royal Navy proposed several designs for battleships. After becoming First Sea Lord in 1904 he pushed these ideas further and the result, HMS Dreadnought, was launched by King Edward VII in 1906. Her launch sparked a naval arms race around the world, particularly with the German […]