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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (12 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783462795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783462797
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Geoffrey Bennett began his literary career with a series of naval adventure novels written under the pseudonym 'Sea Lion'. Later, under his own name, he wrote several naval histories. During the Second World War he saw active service at Salerno and went on to command HMS 'St Bride's Bay'. After the war he spent some time as naval attache in Moscow. He died in 1983. This new edition contains a Preface and Addendum by Rodney Bennett, the author's son.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Housey on 3 May 2014
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These events have fascinated me for sometime and this was a welcome addition to my ever growing collection of Naval reading. It covered the events and personalities very well and my only criticism would be the focus on endless sea movements could, perhaps, be reduced a little, but the end result is a full and detailed explanation of events. It maybe did feel a little build up heavy, but anyone with an interest in these events would get value from reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark mckay on 11 Jan. 2015
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WITHIN three months of the outbreak of the First World War Britain's incomparable reputation as a naval force suffered a hammer blow which left the admiralty reeling.
On November 1, 1914, the South American waters off the Chilean coast became the grave of 1,600 British sailors.
They had been aboard the armoured cruisers HMS Monmouth and Good Hope which were sunk after being outran and outgunned by a German cruiser squadron under the command of Admiral Graf von Spee.
The shock of the defeat at the Battle of Coronel was felt halfway around the world in the corridors of Whitehall - for a time it was feared Britannia did not rule the waves.
The story of the Royal Navy's first defeat since the War of 1812 is told in this 2014 reprint of Geoffrey Bennett's masterly 1962 account The Battles of the Coronel and the Falklands 1914.
Within days of the Good Hope and Monmouth being sunk, the admiralty had dispatched the state-of-the-art battlecruisers HMS Invincible and Inflexible to reap vengeance on the marauding German cruisers
Armed with 12" guns and with a maximum speed of 25.5 knots the British could now turn the tables on Von Spee's slower and less heavily armed force.
On the morning of December 8, Von Spee attempted to raid the British supply base at Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands.
But it was here the Invincible and Inflexible, with the armoured cruisers Carnarvon, Cornwall and Kent lay in wait.
In a vain attempt to escape Von Spee turned to the north east, but it was only a matter of hours before the British made their superiority felt.
Von Spee would go down aboard his flagship the Scharnhorst, while the sinking of the Gneisenau, Nurberg and Leipzig brought German losses to almost 1,900 men - Coronel had been avenged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Dunn on 12 Dec. 2014
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AN EXCELLENT NARRATIVE, VERY EVOCATIVE & TRULY A WASTE OF GOOD MENS LIVES BOTH RN & GERMAN.
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An accurate narrative account of these sad events of the coasts of Chile and the Falklands. Like all Kindle editions it suffers from poor quality of the maps. This is not of course a fault of the author, but of the Kindle system. The also dealt even-handedly with the role of the Admiralty is passing on misleading messages.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. on 30 Oct. 2014
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great read
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