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The main portion of the German Naval fleet surrendered and were taken to SCapa Flow in the Scottish Orkneys. The High Seas Fleet was interned there under the terms of the Armistice whilst negotiations took place over the fate of the ships. Fearing that all of the ships would be seized and divided amongst the allied powers, the German commander, Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, decided to scuttle the fleet on 21 June 1919. Intervening British guard ships were able to beach a number of the ships, but 52 of the 74 interned vessels sank.

The main portion of the German Naval fleet surrendered and were taken to SCapa Flow in the Scottish Orkneys.  The High Seas Fleet was interned there under the terms of the Armistice whilst negotiations took place over the fate of the ships. Fearing that all of the ships would be seized and divided amongst the allied powers, the German commander, Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, decided to scuttle the fleet on 21 June 1919. Intervening British guard ships were able to beach a number of the ships, but 52 of the 74 interned vessels sank. Stock Photo
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De Luan / Alamy Stock Photo

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P81FRH

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44.3 MB (3.8 MB Compressed download)

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4688 x 3300 px | 39.7 x 27.9 cm | 15.6 x 11 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

2 July 2018

Location:

Orkney, UK

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The main portion of the German Naval fleet surrendered and were taken to SCapa Flow in the Scottish Orkneys. The High Seas Fleet was interned there under the terms of the Armistice whilst negotiations took place over the fate of the ships. Fearing that all of the ships would be seized and divided amongst the allied powers, the German commander, Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, decided to scuttle the fleet on 21 June 1919. Intervening British guard ships were able to beach a number of the ships, but 52 of the 74 interned vessels sank. Many of the wrecks were salvaged over the next two decades and were towed away for scrapping.

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