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by Eric W. Osborne

Category: Europe
Subcategory: History books
Author: Eric W. Osborne
ISBN: 0253347424
ISBN13: 978-0253347428
Language: English
Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (June 13, 2006)
Pages: 160
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Twentieth-Century Battles).

Twentieth-Century Battles). 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 . Arising from a "sweep" of the German-controlled waters by a force of Royal Navy vessels, the resulting battle was an early British victory.

The First Battle of Heligoland Bight was the first naval battle of the First World War, fought on 28 August 1914, between ships of the United Kingdom and Germany. The battle took place in the south-eastern North Sea, when the British attacked German patrols off the north-west German coast.

Part of the Twentieth-Century Battles Series). Heligoland Island guarded the entrance to the main German naval anchorage at Kiel. Select Format: Hardcover.

The Battle of Heligoland Bight (Twentieth-Century Battles). Tobias Philbin has written a very entertaining and informative book on the Battle of Dogger Bank. It will be enjoyed by a wide audience including naval historians, strategists, and those interested in how broader long-term decision-making determines the manner in which battles are fought, won and lost.

The First Battle of Heligoland Bight was the first naval battle of the First World War, fought on 28 August 1914, between the .

The First Battle of Heligoland Bight was the first naval battle of the First World War, fought on 28 August 1914, between the United Kingdom and Germany. The battle took place in the south-eastern North Sea when the British attacked German patrols off the north-west German coast.

Osborne, Eric W. The Battle of Heligoland Bight. Osborne's Battle of Heligoland Bight is solid naval history

Osborne, Eric W. Indianapolis: Indiana Univ. Butler, Daniel Allen. Osborne's Battle of Heligoland Bight is solid naval history. On 28 August 1914 British cruisers, destroyers, and submarines descended into the Heligoland Bight and surprised German scouting forces, which lost the light cruisers SMS Mainz, SMS Koln, SMS Ariadne, and the torpedo boat V-187, as well as 1,251 officers and men killed, wounded, or captured. The British, in contrast, suffered damage to one light cruiser and three destroyers, as well as thirty-five officers and men killed and forty wounded.

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Heligoland Island guarded the entrance to the main German naval anchorage at Kiel. Fought on August 28, 1914, the engagement was complicated by dense fog, the piecemeal engagement of German forces, and the unexpected appearance in the area of additional British ships, which were hard to distinguish from foe. Initial British damage was significant; however, fearing that the protracted battle would allow the bulk of the German fleet to join the battle, the British brought in their battle cruiser reinforcements and won the day, inflicting heavy losses on the Germans

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 Kiel. Fought on August 28, 1914, the engagement was complicated by dense fog, the piecemeal engagement of German forces, and the unexpected appearance in the area of additional British ships, which were hard to distinguish from foe. Initial British damage was significant; however, fearing that the protracted battle would allow the bulk of the German fleet to join the battle, the British brought in their battle cruiser reinforcements and won the day, inflicting heavy losses on the Germans.

The battle was significant for its political and strategic ramifications for the two sides. The Germans became reluctant to engage large forces in an attempt to gain a decisive maritime victory. After this defeat, any plans for large-scale fleet operations had to be approved by the Kaiser, which hampered the German fleet’s effectiveness. This left the North Sea to Great Britain for much of the war.

Comments to eBook The Battle of Heligoland Bight (Twentieth-Century Battles)
Corgustari
The battle of Heligoland Bight seem to me to have been a rather confused conflict. Neither the british nor the germans, seemed to have appreciated the fact that neither side was going to do what the other expected them to do. The germans prepared for a naval blockade close to their coastline. The british on the other hand rejected the close-in blockade concept. Further, the british expected the german fleet to come out and fight them in a grand naval battle. The germans knew they could not win such a fight, so they kept their big ships away from the british heavy guns. The battle of Heligoland Bight seems to have confirmed to the germans that an all out naval battle would not go their way. This book is worth buying for its historical data. JRV
Bladebringer
I haven't read the book yet but did flip thru it. Looks to have lots of information. Only thing lacking for me is pictures as there are very few
Dobpota
Mr. Osborne does an good job of explaining the actual naval battle and the political context and naval doctrines that triggered the battle. I was very impressed with his grasp of the details of the battle itself, which was fought mostly in a literal fog of war. I was a bit surprised by his analysis of the aftereffects as each navy responded to the outcome of the battle. His analysis does, however, ring true.
Arakus
recommended
OTANO
The author spends a considerable proportion of the book covering the circumstances leading up to the outbreak of the war, which, although well researched, was not what I wanted to read about. He also spends too much time discussing the evolution of the opposing naval strategies. If you title your book "The Battle of" readers are entitled to expect to read about a battle.
Kabandis
Great book! Very thorough and detailed. Most helpful to me as I am doing my own WW I Naval research.
Contancia
Never having been much of a student of WWI I really enjoyed reading this book. I particularly liked the first 50 or so pages that goes into detail about about the various players and how/why WWI came to be and subsequently, that the Heligoland Bight was chosen by the Brits for the first Naval battle of that conflict. Osborne clearly put a lot of research into this work and I, for one, appreciate that kind of effort. Published in 2006, I can't imagine that many readers today would even be interested but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
If asked to name a naval battle between England and Germany during World War I, nearly everyone would recall the Battle of Jutland. Asked to name a second battle, and most people, even military historians would probably have to hesitate. Yet the much smaller Battle of Heligoland Bight, which was the first battle between the British and German navies. It was not a large battle. The British wanted to teach the Germans that any time their ships were at sea they were at danger from British attacks.

All in all it was a very confused battle on both sides: relatively primitive communications; unfortunate miscommunications; effective British jamming of German transmissions; poor gun accuracy; defective British ordinance (also a big problem at Jutland); inadequate German ordinance; and fog in the days before radar.

At a result of the battle however, the Germans became reluctant to engage British forces and the German Navy sat idle while the British blockade remained in place and was a major factor in ending the war.
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