Terry Carter Posted 9 August , 2014 Share Posted 9 August , 2014 I am piecing together the movements of HMS Birmingham up to when she sank U15 on 9 August 1914 (The 100th Anniversary TODAY !!!!) With the 2nd Battle Squadron she was at Kiel for the Regatta a few days before the assassination at Sarajevo. At the same time the newly widened Kiel Canal was officially opened by the Kaiser. This would allow the German navy a short cut into the North Sea. After the incident at Sarajevo the Kaiser left Kiel but gave permission for the British ships to return via the Kiel Canal. Vice Admiral Sir George Warrender decided not to take the battleships through the canal but allowed the three light cruisers, Southampton, Birmingham and Nottingham make the short cut. Having subscribed to the British Newspaper Archive, I found a little snippet suggesting that the Kaiser had made a mistake in allowing the three light cruisers through the canal because soundings were taken during the journey and it was found the canal was not suitable for Germany's biggest battleships to pass through. Was that right and did it cause a problem? Cheers Terry Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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