August's Item of the Month: Heligoland Bight

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HSRV19-Single Sheet A3006August's Item of the month looks at the opening naval clash of the First World War, the battle of Heligoland Bight, as seen through the personal papers of David Richard Beatty, first Earl Beatty (1871-1936). Beatty commanded the prestigious, fast and powerful First Battle Cruiser Squadron. While the battle was a morale boosting success over part of the German Imperial navy, the British fleet also encountered poor visibility, bad communication, equipment failures and confusion. One young Lieutenant, George Hatch, helped rescue 348 German sailors from the sinking light cruiser, Mainz. He drew a picture of what he saw for his cousin. It provides a personal and contrasting view to Beatty's strategic analysis of the battle. Take up the story with August's item of the month