1914/1916: The 'Tip and Run' Raids.
At the start of World War 1, the German Navy was anxious to get to grips with the Royal Navy whilst the latter, in a postion of numercial and geographical superiority, was quite to content to let the Germans make the first move. German planners came up with an idea to lure the Royal Navy out of Scapa Flow. A small group of German battlecruisers would bombard a British coastal town. Reports of this would be passed to Scapa Flow and the British battlecruiser squadron, the only ships that could catch and match them, would be sent out in pursuit. The German ships would then 'flee', allowing the British ships to follow them, luring them onto the guns of a much larger and more powerful German force lurking over the horizon. By the time the rest of Royal Navy was alerted, the Germans would be home and safe. The first of these raids was carried out against Great Yarmouth on November 3rd, 1914, and the second against Scarborough, Whitby and the Hartlepools on December 16th, 1914. On neither occasion did the ruse work and it was attempted only once more, the currency of such a subterfuge obviously being shortlived, in a further raid on Yarmouth and Lowestoft in April 1916. One result of these raids in the German favour was that the British Government was vilified in the press for allowing innocent civilians to be killed while nothing was done to protect them, sparking a massive recruiting campaign for the British Army. These pictures are published for pleasure/information/research purposes only and are not for sale or copy under any circumstances. Information in captions has been researched as thoroughly as possible but it accuracy cannot be guaranteed.Read More