Why was British navy so weak compared to Kriegsmarine?
- WhoLv 71 year ago
funny aint it - most of the answers ignore the submarines
Those were kicking the sh//t out of the UK navy well into 1943 and it was only the aid of the US that prevented the surrender of the UK in 1941-2 (due to starvation)
(a couple of facts "anonymous"
most of the UK fleet was holed up in scapa flow for most of the war
THE UK navy was damned lucky to catch up with the Bismark - it was UK aircraft that gave them that luck
considering the amount of effort the RN had to put in to sink it and its losses I woud say the german navy came out a head on points
the navy didnt sink the tirpitz- the RAF did
And perhaps you should research something about the submarine war "mercury"
most of u-boat sinkings were in 1943 -1944
and the UK only survived until then with the direct help of the US (they provided 1/2 the escorts to convoys up the 1941 and supplied the RN with 50 destroyers in autumn 1940 (under lend-lease) in the middle of the battle of britain so the RN could use them in convoy duties
If the US had remained strickly neutral the UK would have been f//ked in 1941-2 (due to lack of food and raw materials . It was only the US supplying tanks to the UK that prevented the UK losing africa to the Italians even before Rommel got involved)
Patriotism is a good thing but not when it ignores cold facts
Facts are what enables you to work out what goes wrong, and how to make sure they dont go wrong in future
When you shove you head up your a//s so as to appear patriotic is when things get f//ked up and continue to get f//ked up
- Dj2541Lv 71 year ago
And at what precise moment in time are you speaking of?? the Kreigsmarine never actually beat the R.N at any time in either ww1 or ww2.
- KillmousekyLv 71 year ago
In what way could it be said to be "weak" compared to the Kriegsmarine? On 3 Sep. '39, it had 434 ships to the German 96. It had another 166 under construction to the German 41. Almost all of those 41 were never built. About 4 were started, but never completed.
- Huh?Lv 71 year ago
It wasn't. The RN just had trouble dealing with German U-boats for a while but they were very effective in closing down what surface ships the Germans had, such as the Tirpitz or Bismarck, neither of which really accomplished much of anything before being sunk.
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- Anonymous1 year ago
Because Hitler never intended to abide by the Anglo-German Naval Agreement. However he severely underestimated the Royal Navy and got his **** smacked.
- MercuryLv 71 year ago
Where did you get that silly idea from. Perhaps you should research the number of U -Boats sunk by the RN.
The main reason Hitler dropped any idea of invading the UK is that he known he would not get passed the
- AnonymousLv 71 year ago
Other than the U-boats, the Kriegsmarine was for the most part holed up in the North Sea. Germany's surface fleet didn't stand a chance. Go read up on how quickly the Bismarck and the Tirpitz stayed afloat before being hunted down and destroyed.
- 1 year ago
They weren't. Germany couldn't fight englands surface fleet, they didnt' have the material and naval docks to build a surface fleet to compare against the english. That's why Germany had to focus heavily on submarines. Of which were effective in the first 2 - 3 years of the war, but after advancements in sonar and anti-submarine warfare they no longer were effective.
- nonpartisanLv 61 year ago
EDIT: (Correction): The structure of your question indicates that you're referring to WW1 (which led me in that direction with my previous answer, now edited out). In WW2 there was never a problem with Britain's Navy against Germany - it was a moot point, anyway, since Churchill and Roosevelt had conspired to drag Germany into a war. The United States was assisting Britain in violation of America's Neutrality Laws. They would escort passenger ships through Britain's treacherous waters, report the whereabouts of German ships and U-boats, and in early 1941, was given permission to fire against the Germans, thus involving them directly before war had been officially declared between the United States and Germany.
In an interesting FYI, Hitler offered to lend Britain some of Germany's troops to help them against the Japanese, as impossible as it may sound. I don't have a reference to it (I thought I did), but he did it in yet another attempt to make peace with Britain.
- MarkLv 71 year ago
They weren't expecting a SECOND world war. (Who did? Well , apparently the Germans and the Japanese.)