Tirpitz

Author: Patrick J. Kelly
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253001757
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“A first-rate biography of this grand admiral who is better known for his political skills than his naval ones.” —US Naval Insitute Proceedings Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849–1930) was the principal force behind the rise of the German Imperial Navy prior to World War I, challenging Great Britain’s command of the seas. As State Secretary of the Imperial Naval Office from 1897 to 1916, Tirpitz wielded great power and influence over the national agenda during that crucial period. By the time he had risen to high office, Tirpitz was well equipped to use his position as a platform from which to dominate German defense policy. Though he was cool to the potential of the U-boat, he enthusiastically supported a torpedo boat branch of the navy and began an ambitious building program for battleships and battle cruisers. Based on exhaustive archival research, including new material from family papers, Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy is the first extended study in English of this germinal figure in the growth of the modern navy. “Well written and based on new sources . . . allows the reader deep insights into the life of a man who played a very important role at the turn of the last century and who, like almost nobody else, shaped German policy.” —International Journal of Maritime History “An invaluable reference work on Tirpitz, the Imperial German Navy, and on politics in Wilhelmine Germany.” —The Northern Mariner

Tirpitz

Author: Michael Epkenhans
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1612340725
Format: PDF
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Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930), who joined the Prussian Navy in 1865 as a midshipman, was chiefly responsible for rapidly developing and enlarging the German Navy, especially the High Seas Fleet, from 1897 until the years immediately prior to the First World War. Epkenhans uses newly discovered documents to provide a fresh treatment of this important naval leader. In 1897, Tirpitz became the Secretary of State of the Imperial Navy Department. In four major building acts of 1898, 1900, 1908, and 1912, and, in working closely with Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tirpitz expanded the Imperial Navy from a small coastal force into a major blue-water navy. Great Britain, reacting with alarm to this challenge to its overseas trade and naval supremacy, accelerated the naval arms race by launching a revolutionary type of battleship, the Dreadnought, in 1906 and entering into strategic alliances with France and Russia. By the start of the First World War in 1914, the British Royal Navy still held a sizable advantage in capital ships over Germany, so that only one notable fleet action, Jutland in 1916, took place during the war. Tirpitz, who had become the German Navy commander with the outbreak of the war, thereafter became a staunch advocate of unrestricted submarine warfare. This policy did not differentiate between neutral and belligerent shipping and proved so controversial with the neutral United States that Germany was forced to retract it, albeit only temporarily. In the meantime, Tirpitz tendered his resignation to the Kaiser, who surprisingly accepted it. Tirpitz remained a minor figure thereafter, later serving the right-wing Fatherland Party as a deputy in the Reichstag.

Building the Kaiser s Navy

Author: Gary E. Weir
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
ISBN:
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On the 60-year arms race with the Royal Navy, the armaments industry (that outdid the Brits in most regards), the politics and policies. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Luxury Fleet RLE The First World War

Author: Holger H. Herwig
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317703669
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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.

My Memoirs

Author: Alfred von Tirpitz
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3954272504
Format: PDF
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Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930), German Grand Admiral and Admiralty State Secretary, had a very strong influence on naval politics and the organization and development of the imperial fleet. His aim was to create a sea power equally strong as the British one and to dominate the territories of the North Sea. He was also responsible for establishing a trading port and military base in Qingdao, China. In his memoirs, Tirpitz' individual biography is closely linked with German political and military history of late 19th and early 20th century. Originally, Tirpitz wrote this book to justify his political ideas and decisions. Reprint of the original edition from 1919. Volume 1 of 2.

Imperial German Navy Admirals

Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
ISBN: 9781230528960
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 38. Chapters: Franz von Hipper, Alfred von Tirpitz, Reinhard Scheer, Prince Henry of Prussia, Maximilian von Spee, Otto von Diederichs, Prince Adalbert of Prussia, Felix von Bendemann, Hans von Koester, August von Thomsen, Georg Alexander von Muller, Friedrich von Hollmann, Hermann Bauer, Viktor Valois, Felix Funke, William Michaelis, Wilhelm Souchon, Gustav von Senden-Bibran, Eduard von Knorr, Ludwig von Reuter, Leberecht Maass, Karl Eduard Heusner, Henning von Holtzendorff, August von Heeringen, Erhard Schmidt, Hugo Meurer, Ludwig von Henk, Hans Zenker, Hugo von Pohl, Paul Behncke, Paul von Hintze, Friedrich von Ingenohl, Max von der Goltz, Alexander von Monts, Hubert von Rebeur-Paschwitz, Adolf von Trotha, Eduard von Capelle, Friedrich Bodicker, Paul Hoffmann, Albrecht von Stosch, Reinhold von Werner. Excerpt: Franz Ritter von Hipper (13 September 1863 - 25 May 1932) was an admiral in the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Franz von Hipper joined the German Navy in 1881 as an officer cadet. He commanded several torpedo boat units and served as watch officer aboard several warships, as well as Kaiser Wilhelm II's yacht Hohenzollern. Hipper commanded several cruisers in the reconnaissance forces before being appointed commander of the I Scouting Group in October 1913. He held this position until 1918, when he succeeded Admiral Reinhard Scheer as commander of the High Seas Fleet. He is most famous for commanding the German battlecruisers of the I Scouting Group during World War I, particularly at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May - 1 June 1916. During the war, Hipper led the German battlecruisers on several raids of the English coast, for which he was vilified in the English press as a "baby killer." His squadron clashed with the British battlecruiser squadron at the Battle of Dogger Bank in January 1915, where the...

German Naval Strategy 1856 1888

Author: David H. Olivier
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714655536
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This book is a comparative study of the evolution of the German navy in the second half of the nineteenth century. It examines the development of strategy, especially commerce-raiding, in comparison to what other navies were doing in this era of rapid technological change. It is not an insular history, merely listing ship rosters or specific events; it is a history of the German navy in relation to its potential foes. It is also a look at a new military institution involved in an inter-service rivalry for funds, technology and manpower with the prestigious and well-established army.

Preparing for Weltpolitik

Author: Lawrence Sondhaus
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
ISBN:
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Offers a new interpretation of the emergence of Germany as a world power, considering the evolution of sea power within the broader context of German history in the 19th century. Exposes the myth that German sea power and its connection to Weltpolitik, Germany's drive for world power, originated wi