"Wielding the Dagger": The MarineKorps Flandern and the German War Effort, 1914-1918

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Praeger, 2003 - History - 268 pages
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This book examines the first true combined arms unit of the First World War, including the pivotal role the Flanders flotilla played in the war at sea. In August 1914 Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz convinced the German armed forces to create a new unit, called the MarineDivision Flandern, to garrison the Belgian coastline and prepare naval bases in for the implementation of a naval guerrilla war against Great Britain. The Germans called their strategy Kleinkrieg, or little war, and they intended to whittle away at British naval superiority by using their submarines and destroyers. Later expanded into the MarineKorps, the unit soon found itself in the middle of a land war as well. What had been intended as a garrison unit found itself on the frontlines when the war stalemated.

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MARK D. KARAU is an instructor of history at University of Wisconsin Colleges. His published articles include pieces in Relevance: The Journal of the Great War Society and The Journal of Military History.

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