North sea campaign
North sea campaign

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North sea campaign

the naval campaign in the North Sea to maintain the blockade of Germany




SMS Stettin is Used as Bait

Aug 06, 1914

SMS Stettin and SMS Hamburg escort a flotilla of U-boats into the North Sea. The cruisers are there in order to act as bait to draw out a part of the Royal Navy for the U-boats.

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Location: North Sea



The Battle of Heligoland Bight

Aug 28, 1914

The first naval battle of the First World War resulting in the Kaiser ordering his ships into port to preserve the fleet

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Location: North Sea



Battle of Texel

Oct 17, 1914

A battle between British destroyers and German Torpedo boats

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Location: North Sea



Raid on Yarmouth

Nov 03, 1914

German cruisers fire on a minesweeper patrolling the sea off Yarmouth in the hope that this will lure out a portion of the Grand Fleet. Admiral Beatty's is contacted and heads south with his battlecruisers, not knowing that there was a flotilla of Battleships waiting for them. But by the time that they get to Yarmouth the German fleet had already headed back to Germany, with one of its ships hitting one of their own mines as it approached Wilhelmshaven. Admiral Hipper was awarded an Iron Cross for this action, but he refused to wear it as he felt that little had been accomplished.

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Location: Britain



German Code Book

Nov 30, 1914

A trawler finds a chest that had been thrown overboard by one of the German torpedo boats during the Battle of Texel. This chest contains the code book used by the German light forces stations on the coast.

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Location: North Sea



SMS König Runs Aground

Dec 09, 1914

SMS König runs aground near Wilhelmshaven. Her sister ship SMS Grosser Kurfürst rammed her in the stern causing some minor damage. She was later re-floated and taken back to Wilhelmshaven for repairs.

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Location: North Sea



The German Fleet Leaves to Raid Scarborough

Dec 15, 1914

The Germans raid the east coast to draw out the Grand Fleet

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Location: North Sea



Raid on Scarborough

Dec 16, 1914

The german navy tries to bait the Grand Fleet

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Location: Britain



Scheer is Given the 3Rd Battle Squadron

Jan 1915

Vizeadmiral Scheer is given command of the 3rd Battle Squadron. This squadron includes the most powerful battleships in the German fleet: the dreadnoughts of the Kaiser and König classes.

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Location: Germany



Prize Rules

1915

During one patrol of the North sea twenty captured trawlers were brought to Harwich as prizes

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Location: North Sea



Battle of Dogger Bank

Jan 24, 1915

A British victory in the north sea, with the German's loosing one to a flash fire. This would lead to better procedures which would serve them well during the Battle of Jutland.

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Location: North Sea



SMS König Goes to Terschelling

Mar 29, 1915

SMS König leads a flottila to Terschelling

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Location: North Sea



HMS Undaunted Colides With HMS Landrail

Apr 1915

HMS Undaunted is damaged in a collision with one of the destroyers of Harwich Force, HMS Landrail

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Location: North Sea



Escorting Minelayers

Apr 17, 1915

SMS König escorts minelaying operations off the Swarte Bank

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Location: North Sea



SMS König Runs Aground

Jul 06, 1915

SMS König runs around again

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Location: North Sea



HMS Doon Goes to the Humber

Aug 1915

HMS Doon is transferred to the 7th Destroyer Flotilla, which is based on the river Humber

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Location: Britain



Crutchley Becomes a Lieutenant

Sep 1915

Midshipman Victor Crutchley is commissioned a Lieutenant and posted to HMS Centurion

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Location: North Sea



SMS König Escorts Minelayers

Sep 11, 1915

SMS König escorts minelaying operations off Texel in the North Sea

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Location: North Sea



SMS Möwe Lays Mines

Dec 29, 1915

SMS Möwe leaves Wilhelmshaven to set a minefield in the Pentland Firth near Scapa Flow. This minefield will sink the pre-Dreadnought battleship HMS King Edward VII

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Location: North Sea



Scheer Made C in C of the High Seas Fleet

Jan 18, 1916

Vizeadmiral Scheer becomes Commander-in-Chief of the High Seas Fleet. His first action was to outline his strategic plans in a memorandum called Guiding Principles for Sea Warfare in the North Sea. His central idea was that the Grand Fleet should be pressured by higher U-boat activity and zeppelin raids as well as increased fleet sorties in order to lure out squadrons which could then be destroyed.

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Location: North Sea



The Kaiser Approves Scheer's Plan

Feb 23, 1916

The Kaiser apporves the ideas that Vizeadmiral Scheer had laid out in Guiding Principles for Sea Warfare in the North Sea.

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Location: North Sea



HMS Undaunted Collides With HMS Cleopatra

Mar 1916

HMS Undaunted collides with HMS Cleopatra

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Location: North Sea



Unrestricted Submarine Warfare Stops

Apr 24, 1916

The Kaiser orders the Imperial Navy to stop unrestricted submarine warfare. Vizeadmiral Scheer orders all of the U-boats in the Atlantic to abandon commerce raiding and return to Germany so that they can be used against the British fleet.

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Location: Germany



Battle of Jutland

May 31, 1916

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Location: North Sea



Keyes Given HMS Centurion

Jun 1916

Commodore Keyes is awarded a Distinguished Service Order and then given command of HMS Centurion

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Location: North Sea



Harwich Force Escort Damaged Ships

Jun 01, 1916

The destroyers of Harwich force are sent to escort the ships damaged during the Battle of Jutland back to the Humber for repairs.

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Location: North Sea



Goodenough is Promoted to Rear-Admiral

Jun 10, 1916

William Goodenough is promoted to Rear-Admiral

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Location: Britain



SMS Seydlitz Repairs Begin

Jun 15, 1916

Repairs begins on SMS Seydlitz at the Imperial Dockyard in Wilhelmshaven

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Location: Germany



Harwich Force Escorts Convoy

Aug 13, 1916

HMS Lance and a number of other Destroyers from Harwich Force escorts a convoy of merchant ships to the Netherlands. One of the destroyers, HMS Lassoo, is struck by a torpedo from a German U-Boat. HMS Lance rescues the crew from HMS Lassoo just before it breaks in half and sinks.

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Location: North Sea



Torpedo Attack

Aug 19, 1916

U-65 fires two torpedoes on HMS Inflexible while they are both patrolling the North Sea

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Location: North Sea



SMS Seydlitz Repairs Completed

Oct 01, 1916

The Imperial Dockyard in Wilhelmshaven completes the repairs on SMS Seydlitz

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Location: Germany



HMS Lance joins Dover Patrol

Mar 1917

HMS Lance is transferred from Harwich Force to the Dover Patrol

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Location: North Sea



Keyes is Promoted to Rear-Admiral

Apr 10, 1917

Commodore Keyes is promoted to Rear-Admiral and made second in command of the 4th Battle Squadron

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Location: North Sea



HMAS Sydney is Attacked By Zeppelin

May 04, 1917

HMAS Sydney is attacked by Zeppelin L43 in the North Sea. The airship dropped 10 to 12 bombs towards Sydney, which failed to hit the ship, before being forced to retire by anti-aircraft fire.

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Location: North Sea



Alfred Godsal is Promoted to Commander

Jun 1917

Alfred Godsal is promoted to Commander

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Location: Britain



Keyes Given HMS Colossus

Jun 1917

Rear-Admiral Keyes raises his flag on HMS Colossus

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Location: North Sea



Codebreakers Find Out About New Convoy Route

Oct 20, 1917

The British codebreakers at the Naval Intelligence Division of the Admiralty, known as Room 40, manage to decrypted orders to the submarine UB-61 to scout to the north of Bergen to find the new route of the Scandinavian Convoy. This is confirmed by agents Copenhagen who disclosed an imminent German attack by seven light cruisers and 36 destroyers.

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Location: Britain



Battlecruisers Patrol the Minefields

Nov 11, 1917

The British send a force of battlecruisers to sweep the edge of the minefields looking for minesweepers try to clear a new path that could be used as a new convoy route.

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Location: North Sea



The Germans Plan to Try Their New Route

Nov 16, 1917

Naval Intelligence discovers that the Germans are planning to send a force through their new convoy route and so orders are sent to Admiral Beatty to intercept it.

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Location: North Sea



Second Battle of Heligoland Bight

Nov 17, 1917

The British attempt to ambush a German force attempting to create a new convoy route

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Location: North Sea



HMAS Sydney Launches Aircraft

Dec 08, 1917

A Sopwith Pup is transfered from HMS Dublin to HMAS Sydney and becomes the first vessel of the Royal Australian Navy to launch an aircraft.

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Location: North Sea



HMAS Sydney Gets a Camel

1918

The Sopwith Pup on HMAS Sydney is replaced by a Sopwith Camel

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Location: North Sea



Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Mar 30, 1918

Rear-Admiral Keyes is advanced to Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

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Location: North Sea



First Ostend Raid

Apr 23, 1918

The first attempt to block the port of Ostend and prevent it from being used by German submarines

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Location: Belgium



Zeebrugge Raid

Apr 23, 1918

A raid against the port of Zeebrugge to try and prevent the Germans from using it as a base for submarines

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Location: Belgium



Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Apr 24, 1918

Rear-Admiral Keyes is advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

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Location: North Sea



Second Ostend Raid

May 10, 1918

The second, more successful, attempt to prevent German submarines from using Ostend as a home base

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Location: Belgium



Raid on the Heligoland Bight

Jun 01, 1918

HMAS Sydney launches her Sopwith Camel while on a raid on the Heligoland Bight with the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron. The aircraft Camel chased the two aircraft for 60 miles. It shot down one, but was then forced to break off when one gun jammed and the other ran out of ammunition. Unable to locate Sydney, the pilot ditched near the destroyer HMS Sharpshooter.

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Location: North Sea



4Th Light Cruiser Squadron

Nov 1918

HMS Undaunted transfers to the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet from Harwich Force

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Location: North Sea