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1919 Scuttling of the German Fleet... WWI...



Item # 594207

June 21, 1919

THE DETROIT NEWS, Michigam, June 21, 1919 

* Scuttling of the German Fleet (1st report) 
* Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter 
* Scapa Flow, Scotland
 

This 22 page newspaper has two column headlines on the front page: "GERMAN CREWS SINK INTERNED WARSHIPS" and more (see photos). 1st report coverage on the scuttling of the German Fleet by Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter after the end of World War I.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Light browning, minor margin wear, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: Following the German defeat in the First World War, 74 ships of the Kaiserliche Marine's High Seas Fleet were interned in Gutter Sound at Scapa Flow pending a decision on their future in the peace Treaty of Versailles. On 21 June 1919 Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, the German officer in command at Scapa Flow, after waiting for the bulk of the British fleet to leave on exercises, gave the order to scuttle the ships to prevent their falling into British hands. Fifty-one ships sank without loss of life. However, nine German sailors died when British forces opened fire as they attempted to scuttle their ship, reputedly the last casualties of the First World War.

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