This work aims to constitute an objective analysis of a German World War I naval combat commander within his proper context, by closely defining both the military-technical and military-political milieux in which Franz Hipper operated. The description of Hipper's actions in the battles of Dogger Bank and Jutland and his handling of communications, airships, and the new technologies of war demonstrate the importance of the military environment. The volume also provides a glimpse into the decision-making process involved in the construction of German battle cruisers and the impact these decisions had in combat.
1. Acknowledgements (by Philbin, Tobias R.); 2. Introduction (by Bird, Keith W.); 3. Glossary; 4. The Genesis of an Admiral; 5. Hipper and the Naval Environment; 6. Hipper and the Fleet; 7. Hipper, Mutiny and Revolution; 8. Postscript; 9. Appendix I: Chronology of Naval Service; 10. Bibliography