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In the opening days of the First World War the German battle-cruiser Goeben and light-cruiser Breslau evaded a large Royal Navy search operation to escape the Mediterranean and find refuge in the still neutral port of Constantinople. The Royal Navy and Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty were heavily criticized in the press and parliament for the escape of the two ships. The incident is discussed in an article, “The Man Who Let Goeben Escape, “ by Marc DeSantis in the November 2015 issue of Military History. The responsibility of Rear Admiral Ernest Troubridge, the commander of the cruiser squadron, for the escape is considered and the role of Churchill is discussed. The Military History web site is here.

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