By Andrea Molinari
Barren region Raiders: Axis and Allied precise Forces 1940-43 КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Osprey Publishing LtdСерия: conflict Orders 23Автор(ы): Tim MoremanЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 96ISBN: 978-1-84603-006-2Формат: pdfРазмер: 26.9 mbRapid0
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Over the first decade of the 1900s Greek naval thought aspired to nothing more than superiority over Turkey. This could be effected by carefully following 17 1821–1910 Turkish naval armaments and responding to them with the procurement of units of slightly higher fighting value. 150 There was, thus, no need and, indeed, no money for ambitious naval programmes. How then could Greece attract the attention of the great naval powers of the time if not by the possession of a strong navy? The answer to this question came from the naval experience of the Trikoupis era.
In the early 1890s, successive Greek administrations placed particular attention on the completion of the naval programme proposed by the French Naval Mission. 101 The money, however, for naval procurements was not available, and this time foreign financial help was not forthcoming. 103 France’s newly found security from its increasingly close relations with Russia and its reluctance to upset the Near Eastern status quo made further support for Greek naval development unnecessary. Consequently, Britain saw little reason in extending loans to Greece.
The persistent Russian complaints about British naval assistance to Constantinople and the Russian intention to help the Greek navy to counterbalance the Turkish were certainly amongst them. 17 Moreover, Sazonow, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, had proposed to the Greek Minister at St. 18 Therefore, Britain might have been receptive 27 NOVEM BER 1 9 1 0 – M AY 1 9 1 3 to the prospect of a British Naval Mission to Greece in order to lessen Russian fears of Turkish naval regeneration and any suspicions of British complicity in it.