Sazonov had already got a splendid pretext for such a war: two German warships, the Goeben
and the Breslau, entered the Dardanelles and were not disarmed by the Turks." Thus, "the danger of a Russo-Turkish Alliance, which could have spoiled the whole game, was removed." (5)
However, one small but powerful German squadron did influence the balance of forces and the overall course of World War I: the Mediterranean Division, comprising the battle cruiser Goeben
and the light cruiser Breslau, under Rear Admiral Wilhelm A.
One factual error is to categorize both the German SMS Goeben
and SMS Breslau as light cruisers; the former was a battle cruiser.
In similar circumstances to the battle of Coronel, Troubridge, who commanded a squadron in the Mediterranean, allowed two German ships, the Goeben
and Breslau, to escape.
He said: "One of those reasons was the lack of offensive spirit, possibly cowardice, shown by Rear Admiral Ernest Troubridge in the 'Goeben
Daha onceden benzer ama gerek kapsam ve gerekse de kaynakca acisindan kisitli bir calisma Mim Kemal Oke ve Erol Mutercimler tarafindan Sultan Osman adi ile toplumun ilgisine sunulmustu ve hatta oldukca onceden orijinal ingilizce kitabin yayinlanmasindan 4 yil sonra, 1978'de basilmis bir ceviri olan Redmond McLaughlin'in Yavuz'un Kacisi (Escape of Goeben
) adli eserinin ilk bolumlerinde Osmanli'nin drednot-larindan bahsedilmekteydi.
Most significantly, Prior argues that Britain's heavy losses in the first attack left the fleet with no ship capable of confronting the battleship Goeben
that Germany had given to Turkey at the beginning of the war.
In the Mediterranean, the German battle cruiser Goeben
and the light cruiser Breslau escaped the British and French fleets, and sought sanctuary off Constantinople in the Sea of Marmara.
The [German ship] Goeben
made ready to escape to the Black Sea ...
As the hours to the ultimatum's deadline ticked away, British ships pursued the German cruisers Goeben
and Breslau across the Mediterranean, but the German ships slipped through fog near Sicily and made it to the Dardanelles.
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(30) This was temporarily thwarted by the presence of two German battle cruisers, Goeben
and Breslau, who bombarded some North-African ports in the very first days of the war; they threatened to disrupt the transport of badly needed French colonial troops from North Africa.