Sunday, July 17, 2005

Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War

Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War - Online edition of Admiral Reinhard Scheer's 1920 memoirs about the naval aspects of World War I from the perspective of the Germans.

The aggressive German U-boat campaign of unrestricted warfare helped to bring the USA into the First World War. The addition of American troops in the European theatre in 1917/1918 turned the war into an allied victory.

An example of the flawed German strategy was the sinking of the Lusitania in 1916. Over 1,198 lives were lost including one hundred thirty-eight Americans. The negative press from this one event almost assured American entry into the war.

From the site:

This on-line edition of Admiral Reinhard Scheer's World War One memoirs is based directly on the original, published in 1920. Admiral Scheer, who assumed command of the entire German High Seas Fleet in 1916, was in favor of both an aggressive surface fleet policy and unrestricted submarine warfare. On May 31, 1916, he led the German fleet into the battle of Jutland, one of the great naval battles of this century. In the battle, the German fleet performed admirably against the Royal Navy, but it was unable to change the strategic realities of the naval blockade which continued to strangle Germany. The Germans referred to Jutland as The Battle of the Skagerrak.

2 comments:

Frank_D said...

You were voted "Cool Site of the Day" today (7/18)

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Can I help?

Miland said...

Thanks for the comment Frank. It certainly is exciting to be the Cool Site of the Day.

"Can I help?"

I really don't plan on making the World History Blog a team project. I enjoy the challenge of doing this everyday. However, please keep reading and you can always send me suggestions for good sites by leaving a comment. All comments get e-mailed to me so I am not likely to miss a suggestion.