Battle on the Seven Seas: German Cruiser Battles 1914-1918

Battle on the Seven Seas: German Cruiser Battles 1914-1918

by Gary Staff

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The cruisers of the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserlische Marine) were active throughout the First World War and saw action all around the globe, tying up valuable Allied naval resources out of all proportion to their number. Drawing on firsthand accounts and original research in German archives, the author here describes in detail some of their most significant and/or audacious battles.

Some are well known, such as their role at Jutland, Goeben's attack on the Russian fleet (which brought Turkey into the war) and the sagas of Konigsberg and Emden; but others have been unduly neglected. Gary Staff deliberately focuses on the latter to bring new material to the attention of the reader and to demonstrate the global span of the cruisers' activities. The blow-by-blow accounts of the action (drawing heavily on firsthand Allied and especially German accounts) are supported by dozens of photographs, many previously unpublished, from the author's own impressive collection.

The battles described include: Helgoland Bight, August 1914; Coronel, November 1914; Falklands December, 1914; Doggerbank, January 1915; Goeben and the Russian fleet, Black Sea, May 1915; Ostergarn July 1915; Jutland, 1916; Second Heligoland Bight, November 1917; Imbros, January 1918.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844681402
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 06/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,116,378
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Gary Staff is an author and historian.

Table of Contents

List of Maps vi

Introduction vii

1 The Battle in the Helgoland Bight, 28 August 1914 1

2 The Sea Battle at Coronel, 1November 1914 28

3 The Sea Battle Off Cape Sarych, Balaclava, 18 November 1914 41

4 The Battle of the Falklands, 8 December 1914 58

5 The Battle on the Dogger Bank, 24 January 1915 82

6 The Sea Battle Off Östergarn, 2 July 1915 104

7 The Battles of Emden and Königsberg 127

8 The Skagerrak Battle, 31 May to 1 June 1916 147

9 The Second Battle in the Helgoland Bight, 17 November 1917 190

10 The Sea Battle Off Imbros, 20 January 1918 208

Notes 221

Bibliography 226

Index 238

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