The Grand Scuttle: The Sinking of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919


by Dan van der Vat

‘Dan van der Vat tells his story masterfully’ – The Northern Mariner

Paperback: 276 pages

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd., 2016

Language: English

1 in stock

At the end of the First World War, the German High Seas Fleet was interned in the British Grand Fleet’s principal anchorage at Scapa Flow. Fearing that hostilities would resume because of the apparent impasse at the Versailles peace talks, Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter gave the order to scuttle the ships, and on 21st June 1919, one of the most formidable fleets ever built slowly sank beneath the Orcadian waters.

Featuring previously unused German archive material, eyewitness accounts and the recollections of survivors, as well as many contemporary photographs which capture the awesome spectacle of the finest ships of the time being deliberately sunk, this is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable events in naval history.

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Dimensions 13 × 2.3 × 19.8 cm

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