Book Review: The Naval Flank of the Western Front

By Mark Karau
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781848322318
Published: 10th February 2015

In 1914, Germany occupied the Belgian ports of Ostend, Zeebrugge and Brugges as part of the Schlieffen Plan, the invasion of France through Belgium.

With these ports closer to England than Germany, Marinekorps Flanders was formed. This would eventually include a naval air station, flotillas of naval vessels and coastal fortifications. The flotillas comprised submarines and torpedo boats.

A harbinger of the Second World War were the construction of concrete submarine pens for protection of air attack.

The book is a welcome addition to First World War history.

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