Pre-WWI Military Buildup
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World powers spend $1.4 billion on warships last three years
LONDON, Aug. 28, 1908 (UP) - The astounding sum of $1,431,070,989 has been spent in the last three years on the navies of seven of the leading countries of the world, according to an estimate by the British admiralty.
U.S. gives ocean biggest warship in world
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 6, 1909 (UP) - With a bottle of old native Delaware champagne dashed against her towering port bow from the hands of her sponsor, Miss Anne Cahall, the battleship Delaware slid into the James river Saturday. Gov. S.S. Pennewill and staff of Delaware were present.
Drizzle mars welcome to great fleet
OLD POINT COMFORT, Va., Feb. 22, 1909 (UP) -- The great American battleship fleet again is at home.
T.R.: No other fleet can more than follow in your course
OLD POINT COMFORT, Va., Feb. 22, 1909 (UP) -- President Roosevelt made the following welcoming address Monday afternoon on board the Mayflower to Admiral Sperry and staff, and later repeated the speech on the flagship:
T.R. feasts tennis stars and cowboys at farewell spread
WASHINGTON, March 1, 1909 (UP) - President Roosevelt fed, praised and farewelled the "tennis cabinet" Monday. "Jim" Garfield of Cleveland was the hero. The president by his speech symbolized the secretary of commerce and labor as the typical tennis aid.
Has England wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in the construction of the Dreadnaught battleship?
LONDON, May 4, 1909 (UPI) -- This is the question British naval authorities are debating as the result of the reported division of opinion among members of the secret naval commission as to whether the Lord Nelson type of battleship - the type that immediately preceded the Dreadnaught - is not preferable to the latter.
England alarmed at German hostility, naval plans
LONDON, June 5, 1909 (UP) - Full details of the meeting of the German naval league at Kiel have not been received here, but the fact that the Germans openly threw off the cloak of secrecy and admitted Germany's intention of wresting from England control of the seas has merely accentuated the bitterness of the British anti-German feeling.
Czar said to plan call for smaller navies
ST. PETERSBURG, June 15, 1909 (UP) - There is excellent authority Tuesday for the statement that the czar, in his forthcoming meetings with several other European rulers, will urge the restriction of future naval armaments.
Prominent German editor calls for British-German pact
BERLIN, June 25, 1909 (UP) - England as ruler of the seas of the world and Germany as the dominant power in Europe is the plan proposed Friday by Maximilian Harden, editor of Die Zukunft, who became a prominent figure in Germany by his exposure of the immoralities of courtiers that had ingratiated themselves into the kaiser's favor.
U.S. ridiculously unready for war, military expert says
By FREDERIC LOUIS HUIDEKOPER
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 1911 (UP) - The American people should know that their army is in a lamentable state and that our means of defense, except the navy, are virtually nil.
1911 record year for battleship construction
LONDON, Jan. 16, 1911 (UP) - While the press of the world is shouting for peace and Senator Root and his colleagues are working out how to spend Andrew Carnegie's $10,000,000 peace fund, figures obtained from the British naval authorities to-day show that 1911 will break all records for battleship launchings and naval activity.
German expert sees U.S.-Japan war ahead
WASHINGTON, March 15, 1911 (UP) - That Japan already has an army of veteran soldiers in Hawaii, and has been engaged during the last year in military activity in the Philippines, was admitted here today in connection with a statement of Count Von Reventlow, German military expert, to the United Press.
Dreadnaught Delaware prominent at Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH, England, June 24, 1911 (UP) -- The greatest war fleet the world has ever seen in which the giant United States battleship Delaware easily stood out as the most formidable craft, was reviewed here to-day by King George, the review being the closing event of coronation week.
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