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100 Years On – Mutiny!

On October 29, 1918, members of the German High Seas Fleet refused orders to prepare the fleet for one final battle against the British Navy.  Their activities ranged from work stoppages to outright mutiny and sabotage.

Initially, ringleaders were rounded up and imprisoned, and Navy leaders felt that the situation had been dealt with.  However, a growing number of sailors, allied with unions and socialist political groups, continued to conspire against the German government.

Finally, in the first week of November, an open revolt broke out in many parts of Germany.  Military units from the North Sea to Bavaria joined with civilians to overthrow the German government, eventually bringing down Kaiser Wilhelm himself.

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2 Comments

  1. mrgarabaldi

     /  October 29, 2018

    Hey DB;

    The French Army mutinied in 1916 or 1917 because of the casualties they were getting in the great war. The High Seas fleet did scuttle themselves in 1919 to keep the British from seizing the warships in Scapa Flow.

  2. OldNFO

     /  October 30, 2018

    Yep, they wanted to live, and knew the war was lost!

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