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The Grand Scuttle

The Grand Scuttle

Author(s): Dan van der Vat

Location(s): Orkney Islands

Genre(s): Historical

Era(s): 1919



The Grand Scuttle became a folk legend in both Germany and Britain. However, few people are aware that Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter became the only man in history to sink his own navy because of a misleading report in a British newspaper: that the Royal Navy guessed his intention but could do nothing to thwart it: that the sinking produced the last casualties and the last prisoners of the war: and that fragments of the Kaiser’s fleet are probably on the moon. This is the remarkable story of the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow. It contains previously unused German archive material, eye-witness accounts and the recollections of survivors, as well as many contemporary photos which capture the awesome spectacle of the finest ships of the time being deliberately sunk by their own crew.

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You can still see some parts of the boats, apparently an amazing site for scuba diving – good coverage on the political and tactical events leading up to scuttling of the Fleet, really interesting...

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