Anglo-German naval rivalry before 1914 had been expected to culminate in a cataclysmic fleet action in the North Sea once war was declared, a battle upon which the outcome of the war would depend. Yet when the two fleets met , at Jutland in 1916, the battle was far from conclusive.
In his own account of the war in the North Sea, first published in 1920, Admiral Scheer, the German commander at Jutland, gives his own explanation for the failure of either fleet to achieve the decisive victory expected of it, particularly the failure of his own operation plans that resulted in the battle of Jutland. This book is an invaluable account of one of the most important theatres of the First World War, written by one of its most senior commanders.
GERMANY’S HIGH SEA FLEET IN THE WORLD WAR
Admiral Reinhard Scheer, author of this remarkable memoir, commanded the German High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland. He gives here his own account and analysis of the battle, and explains why neither side was able to achieve the overwhelming victory expected in this unique clash of the big ships in the First World War.
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