The Battles of Coronel and the Falklands, 1914

Geoffrey Bennett

 
Date Published :
June 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781783462797
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The defeat that Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock suffered at Coronel in 1914 at the hands of Maximilian Graf von Spee, one of Germany’s most brilliant naval commanders, was the most humiliating blow to British naval prestige since the eighteenth century and a defeat that had to be avenged immediately.

On 8 December 1914, the German squadron steamed towards Port Stanley, unaware that in the harbor lay two great British battle-cruisers, the ‘Invincible’ and ‘Inflexible’. Realizing this, Spee had no option but to turn and flee. Hour by hour during that long day, the British ships closed in until, eventually, Spee was forced to confront the enemy. With extraordinary courage, and against hopeless odds, the German cruisers fought to the bitter end. At five-thirty that afternoon, the last ship slowly turned and rolled to the bottom. Cradock and Britain had been avenged.

About The Author
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Captain Geoffrey Bennett (1908-1983) was a career naval officer who, while serving, published a number of naval adventure yarns and radio plays under the pen-name 'Sea Lion'. He became familiar with the Baltic events of 1919 while naval attaché in Moscow, shortly after the death of Stalin in 1953. On retirement he published several naval histories, including one on Nelson, and studies of both World Wars under his own name, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.Also available: Coronel and the Falklands, The Battle of Jutland, Naval Battles of the First World War, Nelson the Commander, The Battle of the River Plate and The Battle of Trafalgar and Naval Battles of World War Two

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