Book Review: ‘Harwich Submarines in the Great War: The first submarine campaign of the Royal Navy in 1914’ by M. Harris

By Richard Channon, published August 2022


On 31 July 1914 12 D and E class ‘overseas’ submarines of the 8th Submarine Flotilla of the Royal Navy arrived at Harwich as part of the prescient deployment of the entire fleet to its planned war stations. They were accompanied by their depot ships Maidstone and Adamant and were joined four days later by their Commodore Roger Keyes with the destroyers Lurcher and Firedrake. Commodore Tyrwhitt had also arrived in this, the best and largest harbour on the east coast of England, with his force of two light cruisers and 35 destroyers. Both commanders would have been well aware that Harwich Haven was also the nearest British naval base to those of the Germans in the Heligoland Bight.

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Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

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