Main content

Mutiny in the High Seas Fleet

German veterans recall the disorder and mutiny within the German High Seas Fleet of November 1918, which led to Germany's collapse, and the Fleet's surrender to the Allies

Dan Snow hears accounts of those who witnessed the restlessness, disorder and eventual mutiny of the sailors of the German High Seas Fleet in early November 1918, and recollections of one of the most remarkable sights in British Naval history, 10 days after the Armistice. The German Fleet, as a condition of the Armistice, surrendered to the Allies, and arrived in the Firth of Forth on the 21st. Members of the British Grand Fleet, some privileged to be above deck, some peeking through port holes, remembered a stunning sight as both fleets met off the coast of Scotland, against the backdrop of a large, red setting sun.

Presented by Dan Snow
Produced by Megan Jones for BBC Wales

Available now

14 minutes

Broadcast

World War One on TV and Radio

World War One on TV and Radio

Marking the centenary of World War One across the BBC

Tommies

Tommies

Drama following those on and behind the WW1 battlefront.

World War One at Home

World War One at Home

Discover how the people and places around you changed during WW1.

Podcast