Book review:-‘The German High Seas Fleet, 1914–1918: The Kaiser’s challenge to the Royal Navy’ by A. Konstam

By Eric C. Rust, published May 2024


At first glance this work, the second instalment in a series called Fleets, resembles a miniature coffee-table book with its lush layout and oversized illustrations on glossy paper. Closer analysis, however, reveals it to be a concise yet highly competent and for the most part well-balanced introduction to Germany’s Hochseeflotte of capital ships in the First World War, its quick build-up in the pre-war years, as well as its performance in three major naval clashes with the British Grand Fleet in the North Sea between 1914 and 1916. Oddly, the book has little to say about the years 1917 and 1918 and offers only one token photograph and the briefest of summaries of the German fleet’s self-destruction by collective scuttling in June 1919 at its anchorage in Scapa Flow after its surrender at war’s end…

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Subjects include: Navies

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