“A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Battle of Coronel” - Scott Lindgren
This battle was described in the Times at to time as “the saddest Naval Action of the War”. The German ships were commanded by Admiral Maximillian von Spee and the British by Admiral Craddock. This is an often overlooked naval engagement not only taking place early in the war but also very far away from Europe but it had significance for both sides that echoed down the years.
We are very fortunate to have secured our speaker for this evening, Dr Scott Lindgren MA PhD is a naval historian specialising in the period 1850 – 1950. He is a leading expert on the protected and armoured cruisers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Amongst his books is “Before the Battlecruiser: The Big Cruiser in the World's Navies 1865–1910”. He is a regular speaker across the North on naval history including the Elswick Cruisers and also on the bombardment of Scarborough.