German High Seas Fleet 1914–18
The Kaiser’s challenge to the Royal Navy

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Author

Angus Konstam

Illustrator

Edouard A. Groult

 

The German High Seas Fleet 1914–18, is the 2nd 80-page paperback book that is in the Fleet series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

Osprey’s Fleet 2: The German High Seas Fleet 1914–18 is a comprehensive and meticulously researched account of Germany’s High Seas Fleet during World War I. Authored by Angus Konstam and illustrated by Edouard A. Groult, the book offers a deep dive into the design, construction, operation, and battles of the High Seas Fleet.

Seven years before the outbreak of World War I, the Imperial German Navy rebranded its Home Fleet as the Hochseeflotte, or High Seas Fleet. It was a force designed to take on the Royal Navy, then the world’s most powerful, and for the next four years the North Sea would be their battleground.

The book stands out for its attention to detail. It provides specifics per class of ships, insights into the training and tactics interlaced with practical experiences of key battles like Dogger Bank and Jutland. It also discusses the strategic decisions behind the fleet’s design, such as the focus on protection over speed.

Table of Contents

  • THE FLEET’S PURPOSE
  • The Kaiser’s ‘Luxury Fleet’
  • The Risk Theory
  • Force Balancing
  • FLEET FIGHTING POWER
    • The Ships
    • Technology
    • Light Forces
  • HOW THE FLEET OPERATED
    • Organization
    • Command and Control
    • Communications and Intelligence
    • Bases and Logistics
  • COMBAT AND ANALYSIS
    • The Fleet in Combat
  • Analysis
  • FURTHER READING

The fleet was a modern, balanced force of dreadnought battleships, battlecruisers, cruisers and torpedo boats, using Zeppelins and U-boats for reconnaissance. The ultimate test between them came in May 1916, when they clashed at Jutland.

Drawing on extensive research, the author offers the reader a concise, fully illustrated account of how the entire High Seas Fleet was designed and built, how it operated, and how it fought. The fleet was a modern, balanced force of dreadnought battleships, battlecruisers, cruisers and torpedo boats, using Zeppelins and U-boats for reconnaissance. The ultimate test between them came in May 1916, when they clashed at Jutland.

Summary

Packed with spectacular original artwork, maps, 3D diagrams and archive photos, it explains how and why the fleet was built, its role, and how and why it fought as it did. From fighting doctrine and crew training to intelligence, logistics, and gunnery, this book is an essential guide to the Kaiser’s audacious bid for naval glory.

“Osprey’s Fleet 2: The German High Seas Fleet 1914–18” can be a valuable resource for wargamers, modelers, and historical enthusiasts in several ways:

For Wargamers, the book provides detailed accounts of the battles fought by the High Seas Fleet, including the pivotal Battle of Jutland. This can help wargamers understand the strategies and tactics used in these battles, which can be incorporated into their own games.

The book also discusses the design and construction of the ships in the fleet, as well as the training and doctrine of the crews. This can provide wargamers with insights into the capabilities and limitations of the ships and crews, which can add depth and realism to their games.

For Modelers the book contains spectacular original artwork, maps, 3D diagrams and archive photos that reveal details of the design and construction of the ships in the High Seas Fleet. These can serve as excellent references for modelers looking to create accurate and detailed models of these ships. The book also provides information on the geographical settings of the battles fought by the fleet. This can help modelers accurately recreate the settings of these battles.

For the Historical Enthusiasts the book provides a comprehensive account of the High Seas Fleet during World War I. This can satisfy the curiosity of historical enthusiasts and provide them with a deeper understanding of this aspect of the war.

The detailed accounts of the battles and the strategies used can also provide historical enthusiasts with a vivid picture of what these battles were like, bringing history to life in a way that few other resources can.

For History Buffs the book provides a comprehensive account of the High Seas Fleet during World War I. This can satisfy the curiosity of history buffs and provide them with a deeper understanding of this aspect of the war. The detailed accounts of the battles and the strategies used can also provide history buffs with a vivid picture of what these battles were like, bringing history to life in a way that few other resources can.

The book also provides information on the geographical settings of the battles fought by the fleet. This can help history buffs better understand the context in which these battles took place.

Fleet 2, the German High Seas Fleet 1914–18, the Kaiser’s challenge to the Royal Navy is an 80-page paperback book that is available from Osprey Publications.

Paperback $23.00
eBook (ePub) $18.40
eBook (PDF) $18.40