German emperor Wilhelm II had a dream of being an
imperial ruler. He set his sights on having an Empire
to match that of the British. To do this he would
need to have a large and powerful navy. In 1900
Wilhelm decided to put this dream into practice.
He ordered the construction of several large and
powerful boats. The British saw this as a threat
and responded by building a ‘Dreadnought’. This
was a fast and very dangerous boat. In turn the
Germans started building this type of boat. A race
started to have the largest navy. This race led
to tension between Germany and the British.