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The Battle of Heligoland Bight
The battle of Heligoland Bight was the first major action between the British and German fleets during World War I. The British orchestrated the battle as a warning to the German high command that any attempt to operate their naval forces in the North Sea would be met by strong British resistance. Heligoland Island guarded the entrance to the main German naval anchorage at ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Indiana University Press
(first published May 12th 2006)
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Though overshadowed by later clashes such as the Battles of the Falkland Islands and Jutland, the Battle of Heligoland Bight enjoys the distinction, as Eric Osborne puts it, of being "the first pitched naval engagement of World War I." Arising from a "sweep" of the German-controlled waters by a force of Royal Navy vessels, the resulting battle was an early British victory in the naval war. In this book, Osborne seeks to give the battle its due attention by untangling the confused course of event ...more
Osborne skillfully presents the story of the first major fleet action between the British and German fleets of World War I. This action while predominately fought by light ships, destroyers and light cruisers influenced the manner in which both fleets fought the war at sea.