Inter-Service Planning against Germany

Richard Dunley, 'The Danish Option: The Success and Failure of Inter-Service Planing against Germany, 1907-08', Spring 2013

This case study highlights a fundamental flaw in the structure of British defence planning in the lead-up to war. Informal discussions between the Admiralty and War Office on possible operations in the Baltic show that some inter-service planning could and did take place. However, the subsequent politicisation of planning and the fight for resources forced the two services to adopt narrow, self-interested positions.