This important work describes how the Imperial German Navy, which
had expanded to become one of the great maritime forces in the
world, proved, with the exception of its submarines, to be largely
ineffective throughout World War I. The inactivity of the great
Imperial Navy caused deep frustration, particularly among the naval
officers. Not only were they unable to see themselves as heroes,
they were also ridiculed on the home front and felt profoundly
humiliated. With the exception of the one sea battle at Jutland,
their ships saw little or no action at sea. Morale collapsed to a
point where, at the end of the war, the crews were in a state of
mutiny. The order that forced the fleet to go to sea against the
British in 1918 was driven by a sense of humiliation, but because
the German sailors wanted no part in such madness it triggered a
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