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German High Seas Fleet

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Text:
Deutscher Geschwader vor Helgoland
German squadron off Heligoland
Logo, bottom left: M Dieterle, Kiel
bottom right: PH 125
Handwritten: 1915
Reverse:
Verlag: M Dieterle, Kiel.

A squadron of the German Imperial Navy under the eye of a Zeppelin off the North Sea island and port of Helgoland.

Image text

Deutscher Geschwader vor Helgoland

German squadron off Heligoland

Logo, bottom left: M Dieterle, Kiel

bottom right: PH 125

Handwritten: 1915

Reverse:

Verlag: M Dieterle, Kiel.

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The German High Seas Fleet was the main battle fleet of the German Imperial Navy.

Kaiser Wilhelm appointed von Tirpitz head of the Imperial Naval Office in 1897 to spearhead the expansion of the German Navy. It had been dramatically strengthened in the years immediately before the war. Tirpitz also oversaw the widening of the Wilhelm Canal (named for Wilhelm I) which allowed Dreadnought-size ships to pass readily between the North and Baltic Seas. The widening was completed in June 1914.

At the time of the May 31, 1916 Battle of Jutland, the greatest naval engagement of the war, the High Seas Fleet was commanded by Admiral Reinhard von Scheer, and had twenty-seven battleships and battle cruisers, eleven light cruisers, and sixty-three destroyers. It consisted of the Main Fleet under Scheer, and the Scouting Forces under Vice Admiral Franz von Hipper.

German High Seas Fleet is a fleet in German Imperial Navy.

Organizations within German High Seas Fleet (3)