Action of 19 August, 1916

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The Action of 19 August, 1916 was an echo of the earlier Battle of Jutland, in which a significant German naval force sortied and was opposed by the full weight of the Grand Fleet and the Harwich Force in the North Sea.

Like Jutland, it was also indecisive, but even more so.

The German objective was to bombard the port of Sunderland, but the British fleet was sighted well before it had effected the interception of the German force, prompting Scheer to turn and return to base.

Despite the lack of surface action, Falmouth was torpedoed by U 63 and lost while British submarine E 23 torpedoed the battleship Westfalen which was able to make it home.

See Also



  • Newbolt, Henry (1928). Naval Operations. Vol. IV. London: Longmans, Green and Co..