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August 28, 1914

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by Martin Antonenko, Aug 28, 2022.

  1. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    The first naval battle of the First World War


    On August 28, 1914, a few days after the outbreak of the First World War, naval forces from the German Empire and Great Britain met for the first time near Helgoland.

    The Germans fall into a cleverly set trap set by the British:

    These deceive with weaker ship units (HMS "Arethusa" as flagship)...

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    ... as well as the light cruiser HMS "Fearless"...

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    ... and 31 destroyers...

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    ... an advance into the German Bight, whereupon two German light cruisers - SMS "Frauenlob"...

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    ... and SMS "Stettin"...

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    ..as well as one dozend Torpedoboats...

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    ... to intercept the British leave the German naval base Wilhelmshaven.

    After a violent scuffle, these find themselves within gun range of British heavy units, two state-of-the-art battlecruisers whose presence had eluded German reconnaissance.

    Now the trap snaps shut!

    Other small German cruisers SMS "Mainz"...

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    ...SMS "Straßburg"...

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    ...SMS "Hela"...

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    ...SMS "Ariadne"...

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    ...and SMS "Stralsund"...

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    ... come to the aid of their comrades, but against the heavy 30.5 centimeter guns of the battle cruisers HMS "Invincible"...

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    ...and HMS "New Zealand"...

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    ...the Germans with their 10.5 cm guns don't stand a chance!

    Heavy German units cannot intervene; they are in Wilhelmshaven and have no steam!

    SMS "Mainz"...

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    ... SMS "Cöln"...

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    ...as well as SMS "Ariadne"...

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    ...and a torpedo boat (V 187) are sunk...

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    ... with high casualties (712 dead).

    The remaining German ships escape, badly damaged, to Wilhelmshaven...:

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    The British do not lose a single ship - and mourn 25 dead sailors.

    The pride of the German Emperor, the Navy, has lost its first battle...

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    A hard lesson for the German Navy

    These ships were incredible and so powerful in armaments

    Interesting

    Nap

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