Coronel and Falklands 1914: Duel in the South Atlantic

Coronel and Falklands 1914: Duel in the South Atlantic


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Admiral von Spee's German East Asia Cruiser Squadron of World War I stand out amidst the annals of 20th century surface naval warfare. Upon the outbreak of war in August 1914, the British Royal Navy was deployed globally, whilst aside from a small number of local vessels, the Imperial German Navy was concentrated in two areas - Home Waters (i.e. the North Sea and the Baltic) and Tsingtao in China, the home port of the crack East Asia Cruiser Squadron which, under the command of Admiral Reichsgraf von Spee contained some of Germany's most modern cruisers. As it was clear that Spee's relatively small force would be quickly overwhelmed by superior enemy numbers, the Admiralty in Berlin immediately ordered him to weigh anchor and return to Germany, a mission that many were to describe as a Himmelfahrtskommando or suicide mission. Whether Spee made it or not, the main consideration was that he would tie down a large number of enemy warships and thus prevent their deployment in other areas. This Raid title details all aspects of the exciting mission.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849086745
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Series: Campaign Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 747,579
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Michael McNally is 39 years of age and was born and educated in London. Of Irish parentage (one from each side of the border) Michael has had an active interest in Irish history, and military history from boyhood. He is married with two children and lives in Germany.

Table of Contents

The Strategic Situation 5

The Pacific theatre

Von Spee sails

The Emden at large

Escaping the trap Corking the bottle

Chronology 31

Opposing Commanders 32

German commanders

British commanders

Opposing Plans 36

German plans

British plans

Opposing Forces 38

The German East Asia Squadron - Die Ostasiengeschwader

The British 4th Cruiser Squadron

The British South Atlantic Station

The Campaign 42

The battle of Coronel

A costly delay

The battle of the Falkland Islands

The 'general chase'

Aftermath 90

Further Reading 94

Index 95

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"A splendid introduction to the 20th-century's first "Falklands War". McNally recounts globally deployed British Royal Navy units against crack, Asian-based Imperial German cruisers. The copiously illustrated coverage recaps the 1914 battles of Coronel and Falklands, where Kaiser's raiders finally faced defeat."
- David L. Veres, (January 2013)

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