Background information is mandatory in order to better understand the astounding development (die großartige Entwicklung) of the German economy between 1871 and 1914: One of WWI forerunners was the development of the German Navy vis-à-vis the British one: A development not every one is familiar with!
“The seeds of World War One were not nurtured amid lofty principles of liberty, religious freedom or from a need to topple cruel despots. It was a conflict conceived in smoke-filled board rooms, political offices, stock exchanges and banks on both sides of the Atlantic [Federal Reserve: Max Moritz Warburg and his brother Paul Moritz Warburg] and carried to term by various parties who stood to gain politically or financially. Birthed into the waiting arms of jealousy, politics and greed, it was a banal, vile creation, an artificially inseminated monster that maimed and murdered a generation of young men and laid a direct pathway to another war. To achieve this goal, motivations and villains had to be artificially crafted. What ensued was the largest ethnic assault in human history.” Source: exulanten.com/hysteria
In an International Encyclopedia of the First World War article: “Naval Race between Germany and Great Britain, 1898-1912,” Dirk Bönker writes: “The Anglo-German naval race was the most spectacular strand of the general maritime arms build-up before World War I. Often, albeit misleadingly, described as both the first and the prototypical arms race among modern industrial nations, this arms race resulted from and lent shape to the Anglo-German antagonism.”
George Orwell (author of 1984) called Indian born British author Rudyard Kipling a “prophet of British Imperialism”. A pre-WWI British Germanophobic propagandist who did not mince words: “However the world pretends to divide itself, there are only two divisions in the world today: human beings and Germans.” More Germanophobic feelings were to follow with a quote from Walther Rathenau (1867–1922) a German statesman who served as Foreign Minister during the Weimar Republic:
“The towns of Germany will not stand in ruins, but will exist as semi-lifeless blocks of stone partially inhabited by a few poor wretches. The streets of certain quarters will be crowded, but all joy and brilliancy will have gone forever. Wearied figures will drag along the rotten pavement toward their slum dwellings. The country roads will be broken up, the forests cut down, and scanty crops be growing in the fields. Docks, railways and canals will have decayed and everywhere the weather-beaten buildings, the monuments of our greatness, will have become homes of sadness.”
German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel is no exception to this public display of Germanophobic outburst when recently caught putting away a German flag during a rally.
The German Navy League (Deutscher Flottenverein) was formed by Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz in 1898. Tirpitz was the head of the German Naval Office (Reichsmarineamt). A Naval Race between Germany and Great Britain, started after the German Navy Bills of 1906 and 1908 were passed and the German Naval Office (Reichsmarineamt.) Between 1898 and 1908, the “Deutscher Flottenverein”, German Navy League grew from 78,762 to 1.036,329 members. In “Reshaping the German Right: Radical Nationalism and Political Change After Bismarck”, Author Eley Geoff relates how the “Deutscher Flottenverein (German Navy League) grew to more than one million members to become a threat to the British navy! Could this German navy development have been the reason for the formation of the Triple Entente of what could be perceived as an anti-German coalition including Britain, France and Russia?
The WWI Battle of Coronel took place on the first of November 1914 off the coast of central Chile near the city of Coronel. The German Kaiserliche Marine forces led by Vice-Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee met and defeated a Royal Navy squadron commanded by Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock. The strength of the German navy was again put on display during The Battle of Jutland (German: Skagerrakschlacht, the Battle of Skagerrak) fought by the British Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the Imperial German Navy’s High Seas Fleet under Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer during the First World War.
The Triple Alliance and the competing German and British navies could have very well been the right “geopolitical powder keg” for the upcoming of one of Europe’s bloodiest wars. The ongoing race between British and German navies was most likely the backdrop for what was to become the Lusitania tragedy.
“When the Lusitania was launched, she was intended to be the largest, fastest ship ever built, doing better than 25 knots at top speed. Britain had enjoyed naval superiority since 1815, but was gravely impacted by the popularity and financial success of the German luxury liners of Hamburg-Amerika and Norddeutscher Lloyd, and she hoped that Lusitania would restore her sagging reputation. Her maiden voyage was on September 7, 1907 and for the next nine years, the Lusitania crossed the Atlantic 100 times. Her 101st voyage on May 7, 1915 would be her last.” (Source: http://exulanten.com/lucy.html)
On her last trip from New York to Liverpool it is relevant to point out that the Lusitania “had been withdrawn from passenger service for conversion to war before being returned to civilian status.” Edward Griffin writes in his marvelous work: “The Creature From Jekyll Island”, “…She [The Lusitania] was virtually a floating ammunition depot.” The ship then had lost its non-military status to become a target of war. It was also known that the Lusitania had entered the Admiralty fleet register as an armed auxiliary cruiser and was listed in Jane’s fighting Ships.
The Germans knew that the Lusitania was carrying military supplies bound for Germany’s enemies on the Western Front. The German embassy in Washington even took the precaution of placing an advertisement in 50 U.S. newspapers warning civilians not to sail on the Lusitania. Due to the intervention of the State Department most of the notices were not published. However, the Des Moines Register carried the following advert which was placed beside an ad for the Lusitania:
“TRAVELLERS intending to embark on the Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists between Germany and her allies and Great Britain and her allies; that the zone of war includes the waters adjacent to the British Isles; that, in accordance with formal notice given by the Imperial German Government, vessels flying the flag of Great Britain, or any of her allies, are liable to destruction in those waters and that travellers sailing in the war zone on the ships of Great Britain or her allies do so at their own risk.”
In the next article, we’ll review the sinking of the Lusitania and how the Federal Reserve, the Warburg brothers, Britain, France and the U.S. turned a European conflict into World War One.
- Britain & U.S. Pre-WWI “Terror Management” | The British and German Navies | The Lusitania Trap (Part 10)
- Western NATO and U.S.-led geopolitical duplicity (1949 — 2016) | MittelEuropa, Lebensraum and U.S.-Vassal State Germany (Link)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror Management” | Germany 1871 – 1914 | German Gold Mark | German Industrial Revolution (part 9)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror Management” | Organized Migrant invasion | Asylum Industry | NGOs‘ Online Traveling Advice & Migrant Handbooks (Part 8)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror Management” | Germany’s Migrant Sexual Crimes: unintended consequences or organized consequence? (part 7)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror management”, Weapons of Mass Migration | Libyan Gold | The Trail of a French Tale (Part 6)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror management”, Coercion and Weapons of Mass Migration: coming Full Circle (Part 5)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror management”, and Weapons of Mass Migration, Forced Displacement and Eugenics (Part 4)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror management”, Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement and Coercion (Part 3)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror management”, Al Qaeda and ISIS as secret U.S. CIA assets (Part 2)
- Fifteen Years of Western NATO and U.S.-led “Terror management”, 911 and Afghanistan (Part 1)
- Will the abrupt change of U.S. policy towards Syria prove the demise of NATO’s Western Alliance? (link)
- The Six-Step U.S. Strategy For Violent Regime Takeover (Link)