North Sea BattlegroundNorth Sea Battleground: The War at Sea 1914-18

Authors: Bryan Perret
Publisher: Pen & Sword
Year: 2011
Reviewer: Vendor

During WW1 the North Sea became the principal battleground for the navies of Britain and Germany. This book explains in chronological order the major encounters between Kaiser Wilhelm II's High Seas Fleet and the Royal Navy. It also includes other important operations such as mine-laying and sweeping, the Zeppelin Offensive, the bomber offensive against the UK and complete background operational information within the area. Engagements of special note include The Battle of Heligoland Bight, the attempted first German Bombardment of Yarmouth, the German bombardments of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool, together with the Scheer's escape, and the Battle of Dogger Bank. Other actions include the Zeppelin raids, unrestricted U Boat Warfare, the Battle of Jutland and its consequences, the second Battle of Heligoland Bight, the climax and defeat of the German heavy bomber air offensive against the UK and in 1918 the Zeebrugge and Ostend raids, North Sea mine barriers and the mutiny of the High Seas Fleet.

This book contains many perspectives which formed the basis for the big naval battles during WWI. In 1914, Britian had the largest empire in the world, but the civilian population of the British Isles had not tasted war since the Civil Wars in the mid-1700s, save for brief and mainly local hostilities resulted from the Jacobite rising. This exploitation should be considered in many different ways, first as a general engagement between Germany's high sea fleet and the British Navy large fleet. This would likely end in victory for the RN based on its size. Germany considered a series of raids along the English east coast would erode confidence British population in the Royal Navy's capability to provide the same level of protection that was made during the Napoleonic war.

North Sea Battleground is an exciting book describing tactical success (and mistakes) with both the British and German fleets. It details many major battles like Jutland, and attacks against the Scandinavian convoys. Many heroes are featured in this book, and least of all "the warlord" who kept a tight stranglehold on war". The book features images from large warships and zeppelins, and charts which show British and German bases. There are images from combat areas in North Sea. Finally,  it can be said that the viewer  gets a clear picture of what constituted a part of naval history, and its true destiny, in the analysis of all major WWI battles in the North Sea Battleground.




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