A reply to: Who or What started WW1
After reading Tom Bingham’s article in Kettering Extra with the title ‘Who or What started WW1?’
Looking at the bigger picture (this is my viewpoint). 23.10.1905 the Russian fleet came down into the North Sea firing on the Hull fishing fleet killing 2 fishermen, the excuse was that they thought the fishing boas were Japanese torpedo boats!! I think the average landlubber like myself could tell the difference.
The incident caused the Gibraltar garrison to go on a war footing with 28 RN ships armed and ready.
After a number of hours diplomacy over the day RN stood down.
The Russian fleet Battleship flagship Knimz-Suvarod, Berodino (also name of class) Alexanda and Orel, Navarin – Pobieda – Retvisan were all sunk bar Orel who surrendered.
The battle of Tsushinma was a crushing blow for Russia!
So according to my reckoning battle lines were already being laid out at least 9 years before the assassination! GB had been attacked by an aggressor nationnot at war but nearly got away with it but for the superior navy of Japan.
Which answers the question why Japan was our ally in WW1, from then on countries would ally themselves to the highest bidder but others had old scores to settle.