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Popularising account of the work of the patrolling and mine-sweeping flotillas stationed at Harwich, by E.F. Knight, a British war correspondant.

CONTENTS
Part I
THE HARWICH FORCE
CHAPTER I
The Opening of the War: p. 5
The light cruisers and destroyers—Harwich in war time—The Harwich Force goes out—The first shots of the naval war—Sinking of the Königin Luise—Loss of the Amphion.
CHAPTER II
The Heligoland Bight Action: p. 23
The plan—The sweep by the Harwich Force—The destroyers in action—Arethusa’s duel with the Frauenlob—Off Heligoland again—Action with German light cruisers—The Mainz sunk—End of the Arethusa.
CHAPTER III
Other Actions: p. 45
The battle of the Dogger Bank—The sinking of the Blücher—The Lowestoft raid—The action off Texel.
CHAPTER IV
The Convoys: p. 55
The Beef Trip—Escorting mine-layers—Encounters with enemy mine-sweepers—Sinking of the Meteor—The Centaur mined.
CHAPTER V
Escorting Seaplaness: p. 73
The Cuxhaven raid—The Sylt raid—Enemy patrol boats sunk—Loss of the Medusa—The flagship rams an enemy destroyer—Saving of the Landrail.
CHAPTER VI
The Patrols: p. 97
Raids on enemy trawler fleets—The unsleeping watch—Patrolling the Channel barrage—Patrolling the mine-net barrage—The patrols in action.
Part II
THE HARWICH SUBMARINE FLOTILLA
CHAPTER VII
Composition of the Flotilla; p. 113
The shore establishment—Heavy losses of the flotilla—Humorous incidents—Drowning the mascot—Bluffing the Huns.
CHAPTER VIII
Reconnaissance and Mine-Laying: p. 127
The eyes of the Fleet—The Westphalen torpedoed—Mine-laying submarines—Destruction of U boats.
CHAPTER IX
Fine Submarine Records: p. 145
Some narrow escapes—Sinking a Zeppelin—The doings of the E9—Sinking of the Prince Adalbert—The decoy trawler.
CHAPTER X
German Crimes: p. 163
Loss of the E 13—Inhuman Hun methods—Stranding of the U.C. 5—German traps—Risky salvage work.
Part III
THE HARWICH AUXILIARY PATROL AND MINE-SWEEPING FORCE
CHAPTER XI
The Royal Naval Trawler Reserve: p. 181
Mine-sweeping trawlers—Captains courageous—Scotch drifters—The motor launches—Keeping open the swept channels.
CHAPTER XII
Work of the Auxiliaries: p. 207
Mine-sweeping methods—Indicator nets—Heavy losses—Brilliant rescues.
CONCLUSION: p. 231

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919.

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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