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By Paul G. Halpern

There were a few stories released at the actions of British and German navies in the course of international struggle I, yet little on naval motion in different arenas. This publication deals for the 1st time a balanced background of the naval battle as a complete, considered from the point of view of all contributors in all significant theaters. The author's past exam The Naval warfare within the Mediterranean, 1914-1918, headquartered on submarine actions and allied efforts to counteract this new risk. With this welcome sequel he back takes the reader past these international struggle I operations staged at the North Sea. Halpern's transparent and authoritative voice lends a cohesiveness to this encompassing view of the Italians and Austrians within the Adriatic; the Russians, Germans, and Turks within the Baltic and Black Seas; and French and British within the Mediterranean.
Important riverine engagements--notably at the Danube--also are integrated, in addition to significant colonial campaigns akin to Mesopotamia and the Dardanelles. The position of impartial sea powers, similar to the Swedes within the Baltic and the Dutch within the East Indies, is tested from the viewpoint of the way their neutrality affected naval task. additionally mentioned is the half performed by means of the U.S. military and the customarily neglected, yet faraway from negligible, position of the japanese army. The latter is seen within the context of the hole months of the warfare and within the Mediterranean through the peak of the submarine problem of 1917

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Since the manner in which it was undertaken is illuminating in other respects, too, a description of the entire engagement seems appropriate. The island of Someri is situated about ten nautical miles north of Lavansaari, and the Russian batteries stationed there could reach it. 31 Scan and/o~ ~etouch by G~zechu The distance from Someri to the Finnish coast is slightly greater. The island is about 950 meters long, 450 wide, entirely rocky, but not higher than 15 meters. The Finnish garrison consisted of 92 men, one Lotta (a member of the female auxiliary service), and one horse.

About 600 soldiers, among them several women, were taken close to the beach by small craft, then had to wade ashore. They were equipped with rubber suits for that purpose. In a short time they were wiped out or taken prisoners. The position was unfavorable for landing· according to the German charts insofar as a bar some 100 meters in length extended from the shore which made the approach to the beach proper longer. Whether the landing had been made at that point unintentionally is not known. In any case, the Russians landed at a place where I never would have ordered a landing.

Direct hits on bow and stern batteries by second attack greatly hinder fire. Then independent fire controlled by gun captains. 41 Scan and/o~ ~etouch by G~zechu Entire crew fought well and bravely. 9 planes brought down by antiaircraft fi re ... At 1608 hrs the captain of the N iobe ordered all hands to abandon ship because Niobe was capsizing, and also to prevent heavier casualties from the strong fire of the aircraft weapons ... The last 7 men and the skipper abandoned Niobe at 1740 hrs. About 60 men were killed or missing and most probably dead, and 30 men wounded out of the 300 who took part in the fight ...

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