By Lawrence Burr
British battlecruisers weren't a "failed design" as is so frequently claimed, yet a really profitable and innovative one who was once serious to, and instrumental in, Britain profitable the naval struggle of 1914-18. This e-book comprises formerly untapped proof from the wrecks of the sunken battlecruisers and certain research of admiralty documents to teach why Admiral Fisher's recognized battlecruiser suggestion used to be a revolution that drew jointly technological breakthroughs, international communications and intelligence collecting to create the 1st world wide rapid-response activity force.
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The period that saw the reprise of the burghal system in the defence of the southern part of the kingdom was the reign of Æthelred II (‘the Unready’, 978–1016). Although his reign ended ingloriously with illness and the division of the kingdom, for much of the period the burghal system was used to great effect against invading Viking armies. It may well have been the administration of this system that prevented the kingdom from collapsing earlier and arguments have been made that many of the large taxes known as ‘Danegeld’ levied by the West Saxon kingdom were used on defensive measures as well as to pay Viking armies to go away.
In 1006 a Viking army that had been operating along the river Thames and, having defeated an English force sent out to fight them, marched south along a Roman road to their ships on the south coast. In the burh of Winchester the citizens breathed a sigh of relief as the army passed by the gates; the AngloSaxon Chronicle implies that the citizens had had a lucky escape. However, in view of the size of the Winchester burh this was not luck but the fact that the Viking army would have been unable to capture or sack the town without great difficulty, especially as they were effectively trying to make good their getaway.
After the Danish conquest of 1016 it was important to ensure that the king’s men, those who newly owed allegiance to the king, such as the Godwine family (raised to prominence by King Cnut) were based within the increasingly independent towns. Although the differing ways in which Domesday Book records dues and customs in towns makes it notoriously difficult to make comparisons between counties, there are records of housecarls in towns in at least Dorset and Berkshire and it is entirely possible that other southern English towns had similar groups of quasi-professional troops.