AT SEA: Scapa & Forth

I have often wondered why the Germans did not make greater efforts to reduce our strength in capital ships by destroyer or submarine attacks on our bases in those early days. They possessed, in comparison with the uses for which they were required, almost a superfluity of destroyers . . . and they could not have put them to a better use than in an attack on Scapa Flow during the early months of the 1914-15 winter.—The late Admiral Earl Jellicoe.

What another generation of Britons wondered last week was why the defenses...

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