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The Grand Scuttle: The Sinking of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919

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On June 21, 1919 the Scottish anchorage at Scapa Flow witnessed one of the most dramatic events in naval history. The German High Seas Fleet had sailed into British waters under the terms of the treaty ending World War I. Possibly misled by British newspaper reports, the German admiral in command decided to scuttle the fleet rather than let it fall into British hands--the ...more
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Published March 23rd 2009 by Birlinn Publishers (first published June 1st 1982)
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Tom
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
"Grand Scuttle" by Dan Van Der Vat is a well-written book that covers the fate of the German Navy during World War I and its scuttling after being interned during the Armistice at the Scottish naval base of Scapa Flow.

The German fleet entered internment virtually intact under the terms of the Armistice. When it became clear that Germany would not recover its fleet once the Treaty of Versailles was finalized but instead risk seeing the ships incorporated into the navies of the Allies Admiral von
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Trish
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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A good, introductory history to the sinking of the German fleet after WWI, it goes into the Anglo-Naval arms race, the war itself - focused on the battles in the North Sea - and then the internment of ships and crew until the final scuttle. Very readable and reasonably unbiased (although you do kind of feel sorry for Admiral Reuter, who ordered the scuttle, but the end of it).
Peter Milligan
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read it and then go to Scapa Flow! So cool!
T. Carter Ross
Surprisingly interesting read about the German navy before, during and after WWI ... especially after.
John Nicholson
Jul 26, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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One subject leads to another. My interest in submarine warfare in the North Atlantic led me to this book. A "print edition" to add to my book shelf.
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Daniel Francis Jeroen van der Vat, born in Holland and educated in Britain he worked as a journalist for British newspapers including The Times and The Guardian.

His books on twentieth-century history include many works on Naval history.