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.
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
Opposing Commanders 32
Opposing Plans 36
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'
Further Reading 94
What People are Saying About This
"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, www.cybermodeler.com (January 2013)