“The SHIP That CHANGED The WORLD” The Escape of the Goeben To The Dardanelles in 1914. By Dan van der Vat. As the First World War began, the Germans had just one captial ship, the battle-cruiser Goeben, stationed in the Mediterranean. Under the command of a ruthless admiral, the Goeben, escorted by the light cruiser Breslau, defied all odds and eluded both the French Navy and the British Mediterranean Fleet to cross the sea and reach the Dardanelles. Once there, the Germans pushed Turkey into war on their side by bursting into the Black Sea under Turkish colors and shelling the Russian coast. The ensuing closure of the Dardanelles cut off Russian’s economic lifeline, precipitating the Russian Revolution and forcing Lenin to conclude a humiliating peace with Germany. And Turkey’s eventual defeat lead to the downfall of its empire, causing a political upheaval in the Middle East, which remains a threat to world peace.
How was the Goeben able to accomplish such an incredible feat on its own? Drawing on German, French, and British sources, Dan van der Vat examines the disastrous failure by the French and the British to bring the Goeben to action. His research reveals the entire story of the Goeben affair, including high political and diplomatic drama, an exciting chase, the trial of a British admiral, and daring naval operations from the bombardment of Sevastopol to the tragedy of Gallipoli. 1986, first edition hardback book, with dust jacket. 252 pages, 14 black and white photos, with an index. Maps printed inside front and back covers.
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