Coronel and Falklands 1914

Duel in the South Atlantic

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Description

Admiral von Spee's German East Asia Cruiser Squadron of World War I stand out amidst the annals of 20th century surface naval warfare. Upon the outbreak of war in August 1914, the British Royal Navy was deployed globally, whilst aside from a small number of local vessels, the Imperial German Navy was concentrated in two areas - Home Waters (i.e. the North Sea and the Baltic) and Tsingtao in China, the home port of the crack East Asia Cruiser Squadron which, under the command of Admiral Reichsgraf von Spee contained some of Germany's most modern cruisers. As it was clear that Spee's relatively small force would be quickly overwhelmed by superior enemy numbers, the Admiralty in Berlin immediately ordered him to weigh anchor and return to Germany, a mission that many were to describe as a Himmelfahrtskommando or suicide mission. Whether Spee made it or not, the main consideration was that he would tie down a large number of enemy warships and thus prevent their deployment in other areas. This Raid title details all aspects of the exciting mission.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing armies /Orders of battle /Opposing plans /The campaign /Aftermath /The battlefield today /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published Oct 23 2012
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781849086745
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 9 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 248
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Michael McNally

Michael McNally was born in London in 1964. An exp…

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Peter Dennis

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