Luxury Fleet: Imperial German Navy, 1888-1918

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Originally published in 1980 ‘Luxury’ Fleet (the phrase was Winston Churchill’s) was the first history of the Imperial German navy from 1888 to 1918. After tracing the historical background to German naval ambitions, the first two sections of the book analyse Admiral Tirpitz’s programme of building a battle fleet strong enough to engage the Royal Navy in the North Sea. The author shows the fleet in its European setting and describes the warships and the attitudes of the officer corps and seamen. The final section of the book discusses the tactical deployment of the German fleet during the First World War, both in home waters and overseas; and it weighs the balance between those who supported fleet actions in preference to those who favoured cruiser and submarine warfare.

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"Luxury Fleet" (the phrase was Winston Churchill's) is the first history of the Imperial German Navy from 1888 to 1918. After tracing the historical background to German naval ambitions, the first two sections of the book analyze Admiral Tirpitz's program of building a battle fleet strong enough to engage the Royal Navy in the North Sea. Professor Herwig shows that fleet as a force that would complement the most efficient army in Europe and describes the warships that were built, and the attitudes of the officer corps and men. The last section of the book considers the tactical deployment of the German fleet during the First World War, both in home waters and overseas, and it ends, appropriately perhaps, with the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow in 1919.

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Holger H. Herwig is professor of history at Vanderbilt University.

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