As opposed to what? Using it more often and getting beaten all the time?
And what gains would you hope to achieve with it? You can't starve out the British because if anything, they're gonna starve out you. So I ask you; What do you think they should have done in their oh-so-favourable position?
It was a matter of time until the naval arms race would have been won by the German Empire as they were already industrially and economically superior to the British Empire. Luckily for the British, war erupted while their navy was still vastly superior.
The diplomatic cost of antagonising Britain far outweighed any realistic projections of what could be gained by developing the fleet, especially when you consider that whilst Britain only needed to invest in the Royal Navy the Germans also had to develop and pay for a strong army
>>571998 >What do you think they should have done in their oh-so-favourable position? Create a fleet of fast cruisers and(later) submarines for raiding and don't waste money on stupid ass dreadnoughts.
The KM on an operational and strategic level was competent. In many areas, such as ship design and submarine warfare, the KM outperformed the RN (and that showed at the Battle of Jutland, which should have been a curbstomp for the RN), but ultimately Germany's industrial capacity, owed largely to being 1/5th the size of the British Empire, would be unable to replace any losses garnered by the KM had they undertaken more operations. They simply did not have the industrial output. So the KM was largely a fleet-in-being.
When the British Empire declared war on Germany, this is what went to war along with it. When 1916 rolled around and the "War of Materiel" policy came into effect, it was inevitable that the British Empire would win.
>>572901 >Create a fleet of fast cruisers and(later) submarines for raiding that's literally why the RN built battlecruisers, and hence why they didn't do that. >>572943 >ship design not really, the losses are lopsided because of ammo storage fuckups and the fact that it was the German battleline firing on a battlecruiser squadron. The RN BBs were easily on a par with, if not better than the German BBs which is why they turned tail and ran before they were crushed
>>572658 The germans built the navy because of the pan-germanism that instilled hatred of the british people because: >muh colonies >muh merchant marine The Germans have been known to say they "think the French to be mortal enemies, the Russians are to be afraid of whilst they hated the British". >Whats your source though you asshole? William Stearn Davis "Europe Since Waterloo"
>>573052 it is not that he knew, it is what the germans knew themselves - hence the attack through belgium (to KO france quickly) and hence the decision to go to war with rusisa ("any" war) already in the years leading up to 1914 - because russia while somewhat backwards was still massive and embarked on a great programe of military rearmament and upgrade, and would dwarf german military power in some years
>>571887 >Keiser Willy's horrible diplomacy Fuck off with that, even if Bismarck stayed aive for a thousand years and he was supreme ruler of Germany, Britain would have aligned against Germany because it feared Germany becoming the hegemon of Europe.
>>573068 >Britain would have aligned against Germany because it feared Germany becoming the hegemon of Europe. not strictly true. The main fear was actually Russia for the same reasons as Germany. The British decision to side with the French was because in a quick war scenario the humbled Central Powers would be a helpful buffer against the Russians
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