Hurst & Blackett, 1st.Eng.ed., 2 vols., 1919. Vol. I : Xii + 287 pp. Vol. II : Vi + 309 pp. Blue cloth ; gilt. 23 x 16cm. V.G. Armorial Bookplates of John Kenneth Foster, of Egton, Cleveland, Yorkshire (1866-1930), Lord of the Manor of Egton which dates back to 1086. (Cold. photo of his memorial plaque at Egton, pasted in to front free endpaper, Vol. I). The naval memoirs of Alfred P. Friedrich von Tirpitz (1849-1930) who entered the Prussian Navy in 1865, was ennobled in 1900, and rose to become Lord High Admiral of the Imperial German Navy in 1911. As Secretary of State for the Navy (1897-1916), he piloted the naval laws and built up a fleet designed to challenge British supremacy at sea. Tirpitz was a ruthless upholder of 'unrestricted' submarine warfare and held command of the German fleet from the outbreak of war in August 1914, to March 1916. His Memoirs contain many interesting and controversial views and comments. He maintains that the Kaiser did not want war and that the conflict was the responsibility of Germany's enemies, seemingly forgetting that his own policies and aggressive programme of naval construction ' and his public boasting of taking on the Royal Navy ' played no small part on the road to war. With the surrender of the German Navy in 1918, Tirpitz was in haste to publish a vindication of his own actions and politics as well as that of Germany. His book was first published in Germany that very year with this English translation appearing a year later.