Although she operated for only 3 months, she managed to sink some 30 ships before being herself sunk by the Australian Cruiser, Sydney, at the Battle of Cocos on 9th November 1914.
The Air War, like the ground based campaigns, has largely been recorded by individual combatants of all ranks, whereas the Naval War, apart from the odd Commanders account, is largely recorded by serial writers of Sea stories such as Keble Chatterton, Taffrail, Bartimeus, Klaxon etc.
Major renovations & a full exhibition schedule are given as the reasons but the failure to give any space over the years to the writers celebrated here always make me suspect they’re being too much in thrall to the ‘Revisionist’ agenda which doesn’t look to kindly on the thoughts of winging combatants.
Whether Benedict Cumberbatch can convey the complexities of Tietjens character remains to be seen - I recall his making rather a hash of reciting a Sassoon poem at the Cenotaph a few years ago when the last veterans made their final appearance.
However the first of today’s batch has stirred me into action.
Captain Lockhart’s is a rare view of the campaigns in the Holy Land & David Fallon tells of his varied career with both British & Australian Battalions at Gallipoli & on the Somme.
Dunn’s chronicle of the 2nd Batt.
The Frederick Palmer is a US journalists account of the Somme battle & at last the UK edition of George Godwin’s ‘Why Stay We Here’ , a novel giving a Canadian view of the War.
Batt., Northamptonshire Regiment during the early months of the War.
Of today’s batch probably the most interesting would be Admiral Harpers revisiting of the Battle of Jutland, each subsequent version of which seems to have upset the writers of every previous account.