In 1919, Grossadmiral von Tirpitz lamented the "tragic fate" of Germany's attempt to become a seapower with the words: the German people do not understand the sea. "1 Tirpitz, however, remained confident that a "thorough and fair history" would vindicate the creation of the Imperial Navy's High Seas Fleet. 2 In the years that followed, the policies of Tirpitz and the Imperial Navy's role in World War I were vigorously defended by a coalition of retired and active naval officers, historians and civilian supporters.
Bird, Kieth W.
"The Origins and Role of German Naval History in the Inter-War Period 1918-1939,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 32
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol32/iss3/5