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Extract from the minutes of a meeting in 1911 of the Imperial Defence Committee setting out British Navy preparations for war
(Catalogue ref: CAB 18/19)
  CAB 38/19; meeting on navy preparations for war, 1911  

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Study this source carefully. There are details in this source that will help you to answer the key question. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Does this document give the impression that the British regard Germany as a threat?
  • Do you get the impression that the British government is expecting war with Germany - or simply being cautious?
  • What was the navy planning to do if war broke out?
  • What effect might this policy have on Germany?
  • Does this document suggest that the navy has been thinking about war with Germany for some time?
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