Stuart Heaver at Waterstones Canterbury

Stuart Heaver at Waterstones Canterbury

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6-8 Rose Lane

Canterbury

CT1 2SJ

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Stuart Heaver joins us to discuss, The Coal-Black Sea

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September 1914. When three Royal Navy armoured cruisers were sunk in a single morning in the southern North Sea, causing 1,459 deaths, the British public reacted with shock and dismay. It was only six weeks into the war, and the loss was a huge blow to national morale. The incident also triggered a public relations disaster, a barrage of criticism, and a political crisis for the highly ambitious, 39-year-old First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill. And yet, curiously, few have even heard of the incident. Even today, it has no proper name and is not even officially designated as an action by the Royal Navy.

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