The Scapegoat: The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill's role in his death

Posted on on 01 November 2014
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Author: Steve R. Dunn
Publication Date: 30 January 2014

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In the early days of the First World War, on 1 November 1914,  the Battle of Coronel claimed 1,660 lives, the worst British naval disaster for 100 years. Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, who died that day, had been badly advised and equipped, and sailed to engage with Vice Admiral Graf von Spee knowing that he and his men were almost certainly doomed. Why he took such a course of action, and who was really to blame for the disaster, form the core of The Scapegoat, Steve Dunn’s definitive biography of one of the British navy’s forgotten heroes. Kit Cradock’s story touches on the personal and the political, given Winston Churchill’s role in the events at Coronel, and The Scapegoat reveals the full truth for the first time.

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